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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

How do you write an obit when the subject, once well-known, disappeared from public life for six decades? Margalit Fox opted for a bit of psychoanalyzing in her piece on Patricia Travers, a once-known child-prodigy violinist who stopped performing about 1951 and retreated to her family home.

Edgar Wayburn was the impetus for some of those wonderful public parks in California and Alaska -- Redwood National Park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Point Reyes National Seashore and others. He was credited with protecting more parks and wilderness areas than any other American.

A man who wrote the ethics code for journalism died last week. Joseph Shoquist, then-managing editor of The Milwaukee Journal, wrote the ethics code for the editorial staff in 1973 and later penned a similar code for the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. It was widely adopted at newspapers throughout the country. "I would hope," he once said, "that somebody would remember me for trying to maintain a high standard of ethics and honesty in our business." Done.

Nurse Matthew Bouthillier was working in Haiti when he got dehydrated, then died of a heart attack in the oppressive heat. A big man, he was said by his colleagues to offer big help to others.

Did you notice... Farrah Fawcett, Bea Arthur, Ed McMahon, Henry Gibson and Captain Lou Albano were omitted from the Oscar obit reel?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 8, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
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I find it very sad that Farrah Fawcett, and Henry Gibson were not included in Sunday night's Oscar segment noting those who died in the past year. Clearly, the Academy is far too haughty for those who worked in television. But do not forget that both Farrah (in The Apostle) and Henry (in Nashville) each worked in several films. I would have rather seen these two actors remembered than some publicist or agent who's not an actor.

Posted by: DFi4487 | March 9, 2010 1:44 AM | Report abuse

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