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Post Mortem: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

A Close Encounter with the Third Reich

In 1939, Angus M. Thuermer was an eager young journalist working for the Associated Press in Berlin. Every once in a while, he'd take a roundabout route on his morning commute in order to pass by the Third Reich's offices just to see what was going on--usually nothing. Then one...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local Lives , Military , World War II  | Tags: Adolf Hitler, Associated Press, Berlin, Germany, History, Newseum, Schutzstaffel, Third Reich  
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Daily Goodbye

For Oliver A. "Bud" Thompson, life was about golf. He was just an average golfer--his handicap was 18--but in terms of course experience, he was world class. In his 86 years, Mr. Thompson, who died May 4, played more than 2,500 courses around the globe, including Royal Dornoch in Scotland,...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 7, 2010; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Golf, Golf Magazine, Penalty card, Scotland, Sport  
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Now That's Dedication

Dorothy Betz, a Georgetown U associate professor of French, died April 13 at age 70 of a torn aorta. Her husband, Paul Betz, an emeritus professor of English at Georgetown, reported the death to The Post today. Her last words to her husband, as she was wheeled into the operating...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 6, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Adam Bernstein  
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Robin Roberts, baseball pitcher

Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and later for the Baltimore Orioles, has died at age 83. Roberts, a righthander with remarkable durability and control, won 20 games or more for six consecutive seasons in the 1950s. He was the star pitcher for the Phillies'...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 6, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Matt Schudel  
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Daily Goodbye

President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria died late Wednesday, apparently of heart and kidney ailments. He had been ill for some time and was last seen in public in February. Twelve hours after his death, the new president, Goodluck Jonathan, was sworn in. Yar'Adua was elected in 2007 after promising to...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 6, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Africa, Death, Goodluck Jonathan, Health care, Niger Delta, Nigeria, Umaru Yar'Adua, United States  
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Giulietta Simionato, Opera Star, Dies at 99

Emily Langer, a Post reporter who frequently contributes to the obituaries section, writes: Giulietta Simionato, 99, one of the finest Italian opera singers of the 20th century, died today in Rome. She was a "legend in her own time," said Roger Pines, dramaturg of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, a...

By Adam Bernstein  |  May 5, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Daily Goodbye

To Detroit Tigers fans, Ernie Harwell was the soul of the team. As a longtime baseball broadcaster, Mr. Harwell's "rich voice, Southern cadence and quirky phrases on the radio" made him revered by generations of Detroit denizens. He died yesterday at 92. The Hall of Fame announcer spent more than...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 5, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Atlanta Crackers, Branch Rickey, Comerica Park, Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell, Red Barber, Vin Scully, World War II  
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The Daily Goodbye

Au revoir, today, to the man who gave us the $7,000 Birkin bag, a handbuilt purse the size of a miniature suitcase. Jean-Louis Dumas, 72, who helped transform Hermes from a leather goods company into a high-end maker of jewelry, scarves and handbags that epitomized haute couture, died Saturday. Mr....

By Emma Brown  |  May 4, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: guenter wendt nasa died, jean-louis dumas hermes died, spanish circus promoter angel cristo died  
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Panda Doc Devra Kleiman Has Died

Devra Kleiman, 67, the zoologist who oversaw the reproductive drama of the National Zoo's first giant panda pair, died April 29 of cancer at George Washington University Hospital. Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing were gifts from China who arrived at the zoo in 1972, just a week after Dr. Kleiman was...

By Emma Brown  |  May 3, 2010; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Science  | Tags: devra kleiman died, devra kleiman dies, ling-ling hsing-hsing scientist, national zoo panda scientist, panda scientist dies  
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Actress Lynn Redgrave Has Died

Lynn Redgrave, a member of a powerful acting dynasty who first made an impression in unglamorous 1960s screen roles, such as a small role in "Tom Jones" and the impulsive ugly-duckling star of "Georgy Girl" and went on to an erratic, occasionally compelling career on stage, screen and TV, died...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 3, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Actors, actresses  | Tags: Actor, Corin Redgrave, Georgy Girl, Lynn Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Kempson, Tom Jones, Vanessa Redgrave  
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The Daily Goodbye

Australian Andrew McFarlane earned the nickname "Sharky" for stalking the leader in his motocross dirt bike races until the very last lap, when he'd make his move and snag the win. Mr. McFarlane died at the MX National Motocross championships in Bradford, Australia, after he crashed his bike during a...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 3, 2010; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Andrew McFarlane, Australia, CBS, Guinness World Record, Helen Wagner, Nancy Hughes, Soap Opera, World Turns  
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Peter Cleland, National Cathedral mason

In writng obituaries, we don't often have the chance to go out and do on-site reporting, but the Sunday Local Life feature about Peter Cleland, I managed to get out of the office. I met Mr. Cleland's son and grandson, and I took a trip to Washington National Cathedral to...

By Emma Brown  |  May 2, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Local Lives , Matt Schudel  | Tags: peter billy cleland died, peter billy cleland obituary, peter billy cleland stonemason national cathedral  
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