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Post Mortem: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

In a League of Her Own

On Friday afternoon, we found out that Dorothy "Dottie" Kamenshek, one of the greatest female baseball players of all time, had died in California. It was a bit of a rush to get an obituary prepared for the Saturday paper (and online Friday night), but Dottie was a memorable figure...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 22, 2010; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cemetery Tours

For those who can't get enough of obituaries and the stories of the dead, two local cemeteries are sponsoring tours. The historic Congressional Cemetery in Southeast D.C. will offer a walking tour at noon on Saturday, May 22, with these tantalizing come-ons: "Which cemetery resident haunts the Capitol Dome? Who...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 21, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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For the Eternal Environmentalists...

Want to reduce your carbon footprint forever? New Zealand artist Greg Holdsworth has just the product for you: the "green" coffin. Made of biodegradable non-toxic materials, Holdsworth's coffins are environmentally safe alternatives to traditional caskets which are sometimes made of rare, expensive wood, or even PVC plastic. He's called the...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 21, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Funerals , Science  | Tags: carbon footprint, coffin, eco-friendly, environment, environmentalist, funeral, green  
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Friday Daily Goodbye

Margaret Kelly, a County Mayo, Ireland native, managed a tavern in Chicago where beer and shots were about the only libations on the menu. She died at age 103 (actually a week short of her 104th birthday) and never learned to drive. John Burton, a past dean of Columbia University's...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 21, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

John Shepherd-Barron, 84, a Scotsman who invented the first ATM after being locked out of his bank, died May 15. The first automated teller machine showed up at a branch of Barclays Bank in north London in 1967. Since plastic debit cards didn't yet exist, Mr. Shepherd-Barron's machine used paper...

By Emma Brown  |  May 20, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: atm inventor died, john shepherd-barron died, moshe greenberg biblical scholar died, moshe greenberg died, moshe greenberg dies, robert j. serling died, robert j. serling dies  
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Daily Goodbye

Don Engdahl, 77, was a journalist with a sense of adventure. After working for many years in the newsroom of the Santa Rosa California Press Democrat, Mr. Engdahl decided to get some fresh air. He hiked the 1,200 miles of the California coast in about four months and then wrote...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 19, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pianist Hank Jones

The great jazz pianist Hank Jones has died at the age of 91. He had been a professional musician since the 1930s, and few performers could match his long and admired career, but Hank Jones never got his full due as a musician until relatively recently. I knew him...

By Matt Schudel  |  May 18, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Daily Goodbye

We've missed the chance to point out some good obituaries about colorful folks in the last couple days. Richard E. LaMotta, inventor of the venerable Chipwich ice cream sandwich, died May 11 of a heart attack at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. And Chicago mob hit man Harry Aleman, 71,...

By Emma Brown  |  May 18, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: harry aleman mob hit man died, harry aleman mob hit man dies, pamela green actress died, pamela green actress dies, richard lamotta chipwich died, richard lamotta chipwich dies  
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Doo-Wop to Heavy Metal?

Here's a dispatch from our resident rock guru, and obituaries contributor, Terence McArdle: The Associated Press obituary for former Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio left out one major biographical detail. He didn't start singing heavy metal. Dio, born Ronald James Padavona, started out doing Dion-styled doo-wop in the late...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 17, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags: Black Sabbath, Heavy metal music, Lou Reed, Music, New York, Rock music, Ronnie James Dio, Singing  
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Jazz pianist Hank Jones dies

The legendary pianist Hank Jones, 91, an eloquent and lyrical soloist and accompanist to every major name in jazz since the 1940s, died May 16 in New York City. Mr. Jones was known for his light touch and his embrace of bebop's fast pace and complex phrasing. He played "as...

By Emma Brown  |  May 17, 2010; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Musicians  | Tags: hank jones died, hank jones dies, hank jones jazz pianist, hank jones obituary  
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Daily Goodbye

A sports edition Daily Goodbye today: Loris Kessel was a Swiss race driver who piloted Ferrari grand touring machines, which are near street quality cars with significant upgrades. Throughout his racing career, Mr. Kessel, who died of Leukemia, also drove Formula 1 cars, open wheeled machines that are regarded as...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 17, 2010; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Athletes , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Auto racing, Defensive tackle, Miami Dolphins, NFL, National Football League, Norman Hand, San Diego Chargers, Sports  
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Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dies at 67

Ronnie James Dio, the heavy metal legend who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and later was the front man for the band Dio, died this morning. He had stomach cancer. Mr. Dio started his career with the British metal group Rainbow in the 1970s and joined Black Sabbath in...

By Emma Brown  |  May 16, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Emma Brown , Musicians  | Tags: ronnie james dio black sabbath, ronnie james dio died  
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