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

So you want to live forever?

Here on the Obits desk, we deal with death every day, and we know all too well that no one lives forever. Still, the hope persists. The quest for eternal life is the foundation of several of the world's great religions and is one of the oldest dreams of mankind....

By Matt Schudel  |  July 10, 2010; 5:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Friday Daily Goodbye

Shortly after World War II, retired Lt. Col. John Hampton, helped launch the Marine Corps' benevolent "Toys for Tots" program. Lt. Col. Hampton died at 103 on July 4. But his legacy of kindness lives on: in 2009 Toys for Tots distributed more than 16 million toys to more than...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 9, 2010; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Caisson Platoon, Russian Spies, Russian Spy, Sergei Tretyakov, Tetyakov, Toys for Tots  
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Oldest Person Alive!?

This news across the AP wire: A woman from the eastern European country of Georgia claims to have celebrated an important birthday today---her 130th. While record of her birth certificate is long lost due to the country's history of unrest, Antisa Khvichava claims she was born on July 8, 1880....

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 8, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro  | Tags: oldest person alive, supercentenarian  
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A belated introduction

There's a steady stream of work here on the obits desk -- so steady, in fact, that I've been writing here for six months and haven't yet introduced myself. Here goes: I grew up in Arlington reading The Washington Post and then moved west for college. Smitten with its wide...

By Emma Brown  |  July 8, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Daily Goodbye

Jim Bohlen, whose off the cuff remark to a reporter led to the creation of the environmental group Greenpeace, died July 5. He was a member of the Sierra Club when the U.S. began testing nuclear weapons at Amchitka Island, Alaska. His wife suggested (joked?) that they sail north to...

By Emma Brown  |  July 8, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Jim Bohlen Greenpeace, Roberto Suarez miami herald, roberto suarez nuevo herald  
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Daily Goodbye

Johnny Sellers, 72, was a Hall of Fame jockey who won the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Carry Back. In 22 years of racing, Mr. Sellers won 2,797 races, including the Belmont Stakes, the Florida Derby, the Whitney Handicap, and the Travers. On a related note, Black Tie Affair,...

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 7, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Black Tie Affair, Chester Reed, Johnny Sellers, USPS  
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The Daily Goodbye

Dr. Robert N. Butler, an expert in geriatric medicine who won a Pulitzer Prize in the 1970s for his nonfiction book "Why Survive? Growing Old in America," died July 5 July 4 in New York City of complications from leukemia. He was 83. Former Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks...

By Emma Brown  |  July 6, 2010; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: cesare siepi bass opera died, robert butler died, robert probert red wings blackhawks died  
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