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Post Mortem: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Gene Lees, jazz writer

It just so happened that I renewed my membership in the Jazz Journalists Association on Friday, the same day I heard that Gene Lees had died. I've been writing about jazz since 1992, and Gene Lees has been an inspiration from the beginning. I realize that hardly anyone in the...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 24, 2010; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Dan Clemmer, Librarian and Humorist, Dies

Dan Clemmer, who died April 5 at 71, was a retired director of the State Department's main library in Washington. During his nearly 30-year career at State, he helped modernize the library in terms of automation and bringing it online. He retired in 2002 and was a recipient of State...

By Adam Bernstein  |  April 23, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bernard Simon, father of HBO producer, dies

Bernard Simon, 89, who served for more than 30 years as public relations director for B'nai B'rith, the international Jewish service organization, died Tuesday at his home in Olney. Mr. Simon's death was confirmed by his son, David Simon, former Baltimore Sun reporter and creator of the HBO television shows...

By Emma Brown  |  April 21, 2010; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Olympic chief Juan Antonio Samaranch

Juan Antonio Samaranch, the longtime president of International Olympic Committee (IOC), has died in Barcelona at age 89. We'll have a more extensive staff-written obituary ready soon. Samaranch led the Olympic Committee from 1980 to 2001 and helped make it a huge force in international commerce and, in some ways,...

By Matt Schudel  |  April 21, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Statements on Dorothy I. Height's death

Officials have started to release statements on the death of civil rights matriarch, Dorothy I. Height, who passed away Tuesday morning. She was 98. Ms. Height was among the coalition of African American leaders who pushed civil rights to the center of the American political stage after World War II,...

By Washington Post Editors  |  April 20, 2010; 9:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Is Fear of Death Immature?

That's what Tyler Volk of New York University posits. The full interview is 20 minutes long (available here) After you watch the video, here's another thinker who outlines five ways to become happier today. This is from a website called BigThink, which I find pretty interesting, despite the fact that's...

By Patricia Sullivan  |  April 18, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Grief  | Tags: fear of death, tyler volk  
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