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Seymour B. London, 95, noticed that after taking blood pressure readings his hands often got tired.

To remedy this, he built the automatic blood pressure machine with a mercury column, a microphone, a fish tank pump and an old cuff.

Hank Cochran, 74, was a country song writer who penned ditties for Patsy Cline, George Strait, Willie Nelson and Billy Ray Cyrus.

His 1962 hit, "Funny Way of Laughin'" won Burl Ives a Grammy Award.

Keith Colquhoun,
82, was for many years the obituaries editor at the Economist magazine, "where he used his talents to turn each life into an elegant short story, drawing on his knowledge of politics, history and current affairs, combined with a peerless ability to put the boot in, when needed."

As he wrote: "One of Walter Lini's minor pleasures was to get the better of the French," or "The achievement of Karl Kehrle, a Benedictine monk, was to breed a very decent British bee."

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  July 16, 2010; 9:08 AM ET
Categories:  T. Rees Shapiro , The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Billy Ray Cyrus, Economist, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson  
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