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Patricia Sullivan

Good morning.

When you recognize Chicago's muscular skyline, you recognize Bruce Graham's work. Graham, who died Saturday, designed the Sears Tower and the Hancock Center, was the Daniel Burnham of his generation, said an architectural historian.

Elliot Dlin, an upbeat and optimistic man who ran the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, died of a heart attack at age 57. "If history teaches us anything at all, the lesson is that apathy is not a neutral position and that silence never protects the victims," he told The Dallas Morning News.

Australian Antarctic explorer Phillip Law, who died Feb. 28 at age 97, was one of his country's greatest adventurers. He took part in 23 expeditions, established three bases and was responsible for charting 3,000 miles of coastline and some 800,000 miles square miles of the interior.

Speaking of Australia, Ron Cleaver, who died in December, helped develop Australia's fledgling national security service ASIO. His cover was almost blown by a young neighbor, who was convinced he was a spy; her mother laughed it off and dubbed Cleaver "99" after the agent in the TV series "Get Smart."

David Kimche, the Israeli spy-turned-diplomat, who played a key role in the Iran-contra scandal that rocked President Ronald Reagan's administration, died late Monday of brain cancer. He was 82.

Sir Kenneth Dover, who died March 7, wrote a book on Greek homosexuality that rewrote scholars' understanding of the ancient world. As The Guardian says: "The work drew together the evidence of literature (not least a prosecution speech in a sensational Athenian court case); visual art (Dover inspected hundreds of sexually explicit vase-paintings, often in the basements of museums); and history, mythology and philosophy."

By Patricia Sullivan  |  March 9, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
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