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Post Mortem: April 4, 2010 - April 10, 2010

Sir Peter Ramsbotham, British ambassador

When you pick up the phone here on the Obituaries desk, you never know who's going to be on the line. On Saturday, retired U.S. Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) called in to reminisce about Sir Peter Ramsbotham, the British ambassador to the United States in the mid-1970s, who introduced the...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 10, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Malcolm McLaren, Punk Innovator, Dies

Obituaries page contributor Terence McArdle writes: On Friday, we ran an obituary of Malcolm McLaren, manager of the seminal U.K. punk band the Sex Pistols. Throughout his career Mr. McLaren, a true eccentric, was obsessed with the intersection of fashion, music and politics. The various Sex Pistols first met at...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 9, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Musicians  
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Two Giants of Thoroughbred Racing Die

For those who follow thoroughbred racing, some sad news has come across the wire. Personal Ensign, and Dixieland Band, two giants of the breeding industry, have died. Most readers will remember Personal Ensign for her thrilling by-the-nose-finish in the nine furlong Breeder's Cup Distaff. In that race, she beat...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  April 9, 2010; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Claiborne Farm, Dixieland Band, Equestrian, Kentucky Derby, Personal Ensign, Racing, Winning Colors, sport  
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Secrets of a Soviet Ambassador

Anatoly Dobrynin, the former Soviet ambassador to the United States, died this week at the age of 90. He was the ambassador from 1962 to 1986 and was a huge presence in Washington during those 24 years. He was affable and spoke English well enough to negotiate directly with presidents...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 9, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  | Tags: Ambassador, Anatoly Dobrynin, Cuban Missile Crisis, Henry Kissinger, John F Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Soviet Union, United States, Washington  
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Former Soviet ambassador Dobrynin dies

Image via WikipediaAnatoly Dobrynin, Soviet ambassador to the United States during the terms of six American presidents, has reportedly died. Here's the information from a Russian site. The United Nations, where he served as Under-Secretary-General for Political and Security Council Affairs in the 1950s when the late Dag Hammarskjöld was...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 8, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Anatoly Dobrynin, Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet Union, United Nations, United Nations Security Council  
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Corin Redgrave and His Father

The actor and political activist Corin Redgrave died April 6 at 70 in London. He was the scion of a powerful acting dynasty that included his father and mother (Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson) and his sisters (Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave). Corin Redgrave was, by most accounts, the least...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 7, 2010; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Actors, actresses , Adam Bernstein  
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An Activist With A Past

What do you say when you don't have much good to say? Your grandmother would say if you can't say something nice, don't say anything. But granny didn't work for newspapers, where you have to tell the truth, in all its messy glory. The San Francisco Weekly grappled with this...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 7, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  | Tags: August Longo, disability activist, felony, fraud, impersonations, obituary  
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Dick Jeppson, who armed first atomic bomb, dies

On Aug. 6, 1945, 12 Americans flying aboard the Enola Gay B-29 bomber changed the course of World War II (and the future of global geopolitics) when they dropped the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. One of them was Dick Jeppson, then a 23-year-old second lieutenant in the...

By Emma Brown  |  April 6, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Military  | Tags: Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Dick Jeppson died, Enola Gay, History, Japan, Little Boy, Nuclear weapon, Twentieth Century, World War II  
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Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee chief, dies

Wilma Mankiller, the first female chief of the Cherokee tribe and one of the few women to lead an American Indian tribe, has died this morning of pancreatic cancer, the Cherokee Phoenix reports. Here's the AP version. The Washington Post version is here. During her 10 years as principal chief,...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 6, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan  | Tags: Cherokee, Cherokee Nation, Ethnicity, Indigenous, Native Americans in the United States, Pancreatic cancer, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Wilma Mankiller  
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The Daily Goodbye

Because you asked, a new Daily Goodbye.... Harriet Shetler, who founded the National Alliance on Mental Illness, died in Madison, Wis. earlier this week. Her son's battle with schizophrenia inspired her to start the group, which now has affiliates in every state and more than 1,100 communities. Susan Tifft, who...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 4, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Patricia Sullivan , The Daily Goodbye  
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