When my father passed away unexpectedly, it fell to my sister and me to write his obituary. How do you sum up a lifetime of accomplishments? What's important, and what is not?
My mother was born 87 years ago, in the Bronx and was raised in Brooklyn, a borough she denied ever having stepped foot in. She presented herself to the world, as if she were to the manor born.
Mark Twain once said the reports of his death were greatly exaggerated. Another man narrowly missed out on the opportunity to make that same remarkable claim.
David, known as the finest immigration lawyer of his generation, crossed boundaries in his personal as well as professional life.
A statement from the Institute for Advanced Study says that over the last six decades Grabar's research "has had a profound and far-reaching influence on the study of Islamic art and architecture."
Happy New Year, darlings. All of you reading this piece have something in common: you survived 2010. Not everyone was so lucky, and a lot of people, as always, took the off-ramp from Life.
One of "the best and the brightest" died last week, and in Richard Holbrooke we had a perfect example of the dark mischief to which David Halberstam referred when he authored that ironic label.
OBIT-WORTHY: VETS GET THE SHORT STICK By Nicolaus Mills These days you have you have to be a person of accomplishment to get your obituary featured ...
After death, check out the Obituary page. You may find you have more posthumous friends than you had when you were running around down here.
Jerry was the opposite of all that has befallen us of late: brave in the best sense, and a caring man who lived by his principles; a progressive whom fame and fortune did not make indifferent to the deprivations that others suffered.
Talk about anti-incumbent passion. James L. Srch used his obituary to get in one last protest against the re-election of Senate Majority Leader Harry ...
Legendary homicide detective Lou Smit, age 75, passed away last week in Colorado after a battle with cancer. One of Smit's most famous (and as-yet unsolved) investigations was the JonBenet Ramsey case.
Aunt Marcie's church taught my mother that the Great Command to "love you neighbor as yourself" was the core of of both American democracy and the Christian faith. My mother took it all very seriously. Not only did she endlessly give things away but stood up for social justice.
Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, and countless others are part of Steve Reuther's legacy that landed deep in the culture. But the film he was most proud of was a small film called Pay It Forward.
Given my profession and some unlucky life turns, I've had more occasion than my typical reader to mourn beautiful people close to me, or--more often--...
it is time for respect. It is time to raise the fist and light the lighter and, of course, make the sign. Oh, the sign. It is formidable indeed. It is the thing that will last forever. It has the power.