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Post Mortem: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Tom Wisner, Bard of the Chesapeake

In 2009, staff writer Jenna Johnson wrote a profile of Tom Wisner, who made a career out of writing and singing about the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Mr. Wisner, who died April 2 at age 79, was part scientist, part wandering troubadour, part environmental conscience. He was a...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 3, 2010; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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"Dynasty" actor John Forsythe dies at 92

Actor John Forsythe, 92, who played the ruthless Denver oil tycoon Blake Carrington on the TV soap opera "Dynasty" during the 1980s, died April 1 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif. Mr. Forsythe was one of television's most recognizable faces and voices. In addition to...

By Emma Brown  |  April 2, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Two White House Careers

Interesting contrast in today's obits of two men who worked at the White House: one for 34 years, another for 30 days. We told you all about Jerald terHorst yesterday. If you missed the story of White House butler Eugene Allen, stop what you're doing right now and read about...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 2, 2010; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jerald F. terHorst, Ford's press secretary, dies

Jerald F. terHorst, 87, who resigned as White House press secretary over President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, died yesterday. Just a year ago, I talked to him upon his wife's death and was reminded that this journalist, who was press secretary for only 30 days, was one of the...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 1, 2010; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Best DC Blog that's Not Us...

The city magazine in our town puts out an annual "Best of..." issue. Here's our favorite headline in it, and that's all we're going to say about it: Best Washington Post Blog That's Not Post Mortem, Capital Weather Gang, or D.C. Sports Bog...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 1, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Plonk Pioneer Dies Down Under

The latest buzz out of Australia: Thomas Angove, who is described as the inventor of the wine cask to keep wine in a plastic bag "fresh," has died at 92. He is also called a titan of the Australian brandy industry. Who knew?...

By Adam Bernstein  |  March 31, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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David Mills, TV writer

David Mills, a television writer and producer who worked with David Simon on "The Wire" and the new HBO series "Treme," died Wednesday on the Treme set. Details are still sketchy, but Mills -- who worked at The Washington Post from 1990 to 1994 -- appears to have been 48....

By Matt Schudel  |  March 31, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jaime Escalante, "Stand and Deliver" math teacher, dies

Jaime Escalante, the Bolivian-born math teacher who believed and proved that poor East Los Angeles students could, contrary to expectations, excel at calculus, died March 30 of cancer at his son's home near Sacramento, Calif. He was 79. His obituary appears today in the Post. It's written by education columnist...

By Emma Brown  |  March 31, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jazz guitarist Herb Ellis dies at 88

Renowned jazz guitarist Herb Ellis, 88, died at his home in Los Angeles on March 28. He had Alzheimer's disease. The death was confirmed by his son, Mitchell Ellis. Mr. Ellis was a member during the 1950s of the Oscar Peterson trio, which served as the house recording band for...

By Emma Brown  |  March 29, 2010; 6:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Actress June Havoc dies

June Havoc, who started her career in show biz at age 2, performing as "Baby June" on vaudeville stages before going on to a successful career in film and stage acting, died March 28. She was in her mid-90s. Ms. Havoc, perhaps best known as the younger sister of the...

By Emma Brown  |  March 29, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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