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British novelist Beryl Bainbridge, 75, was once called "a national treasure," and one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. A five-time nominee for the Booker prize and two-time winner of the Whitbread novel award, Ms. Bainbridge wrote more than a dozen books of fiction, non-fiction, and short stories.

Football coach Don Coryell, 85, was considered one of the founding fathers of the modern passing game. He was the first coach to win 100 games at the college level and 100 games in the pros.

From 1961 to 1972, he coached at San Diego State where his record was 104-19-2. In 14 NFL seasons, his record was 111-83-1.

George Brown, 81, was a Holocaust survivor who used his terrible experiences as an advocate for peace.

Born Gyorgy Braun in Hungary as the youngest of four children, his parents, two brothers and sister were all killed during the Holocaust. He was 15 when his family was sent to Auschwitz-Berkenau.

"Auschwitz didn't have sunshine. The sky was full of ashes," he told the Wenatchee (Wash.) World in 1995. "There were no birds, no butterflies. Only death."

In his later years, he volunteered at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. There, he'd tell his students to "be color blind and don't have hate ... Hate is what created the Holocaust."

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 2, 2010; 8:21 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Beryl Bainbridge, Don Coryell, Holocaust, NFL  
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