I write obituaries for The New York Times and I'm the author of Life Is A Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America

Bill Monbouquette, Red Sox Pitcher, Dies at 78

nytimes.com — Bill Monbouquette, a stalwart right-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox during one of the leaner periods in the history of the franchise, died on Sunday in Boston. He was 78. The cause was complications of leukemia, his wife, Josephine, said.

Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66

nytimes.com — Dallas Taylor, a rock 'n' roll drummer who played behind David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, among other big names, and who overcame desperate addictions to drugs and alcohol to become a counselor for other addicts, died on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 66.

Peggy Charren, Children’s TV Crusader, Dies at 86

nytimes.com — Peggy Charren, whose advocacy of higher-minded television programming for children took the issue to government agencies and the halls of Congress and led to landmark legislation, died on Thursday at her home in Dedham, Mass. She was 86. The precise cause was uncertain, but she had had vascular dementia for many years, her daughter Deborah Charren said.

Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, Dies at 81

nytimes.com — The Army-Navy game of 1963 was an important one in that season's college football landscape. With a Heisman Trophy winner and future pro star at quarterback, Roger Staubach, Navy, the No. 2 team in the nation, won by 21-15 and went on to face top-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl.

Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90

nytimes.com — Jane Wilson, a painter whose best-known works were landscapes that occupied a niche nestled between representation and abstraction, died on Jan. 13 in Manhattan. She was 90. The cause was heart failure, Bridget Moore, the president of the DC Moore Gallery in Manhattan, where Ms. Wilson's work has been shown since 1999, said in an email.

Jean-Claude Baker, a Restaurateur, Dies at 71

nytimes.com — Jean-Claude Baker, the flamboyant restaurateur who created the popular Manhattan nightspot Chez Josephine in memory of Josephine Baker, the exotically beautiful dancer and mesmerizing chanteuse who had cared for him as a lonely child in Paris and whose biography he published to acclaim in 1993, was found dead on Thursday at his home in East Hampton, N.Y.

Lowell W. Paxson Dies at 79; Started Home Shopping Network

nytimes.com — Lowell W. Paxson, a media executive who turned bargain hunting and impulse buying into couch potato heaven when he started the Home Shopping Network, died on Friday in Kalispell, Mont. He was 79. His death was confirmed by John Feore, a friend who was also Mr. Paxson's lawyer.

Andraé Crouch, 72, Who Infused Gospel With Soul, Dies

nytimes.com — Andraé Crouch, a singer and songwriter whose plaintive, passionate gospel songs knitted religious music to rhythm and blues, soul and contemporary balladeering and found their way into mainstream pop music, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 72. Brian Mayes, his publicist, said the cause was complications of a heart attack Mr. Crouch had on Saturday.

Jethro Pugh, Unsung Pillar for Cowboys on the Doomsday Defense, Is Dead at 70

nytimes.com — Jethro Pugh, a durable lineman for the Dallas Cowboys who played in four Super Bowls as part of a famed unit nicknamed the Doomsday Defense, died on Wednesday. He was 70. The Cowboys reported the death on their website without disclosing the cause or the location.

Hank Peters, 90, Builder of Baseball Winners, Dies

nytimes.com — Hank Peters, a longtime baseball executive who won two pennants and a World Series as general manager of the Baltimore Orioles before helping to rejuvenate the Cleveland Indians franchise, died on Sunday in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 90. His son, Steven, and daughter, Sharon, said the cause was complications of a recent stroke.
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Jan 27, 2015

Who's dead? Bostonians of a certain vintage will fondly recall....Bill Monbouquette, Red Sox Pitcher, Dies at 78 nyti.ms/1CKWWM6

Jan 24, 2015

Who's dead?....A bit of rock history...Dallas Taylor, Drummer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Dies at 66 nyti.ms/1z3cQBL

Jan 23, 2015

Who's dead? A force for good in the world.... Peggy Charren, Children’s TV Crusader, Dies at 86 nyti.ms/1E8v4mG

Jan 22, 2015

Who's dead? He saw things twice. Tony Verna, Who Started Instant Replay and Remade Sports Television, nyti.ms/1JaWtVc

Jan 20, 2015

Who's dead? Lovely woman, gorgeous paintings...Jane Wilson, Artist of the Ethereal, Dies at 90 nyti.ms/1yFSH34

Jan 16, 2015

Who's dead? Shop at home too much? Blame this guy...Lowell W. Paxson, Who Started HSN, Dies at 79 nyti.ms/159w0by

Jan 16, 2015

Who's dead? The sad end of a colorful French-born New Yorker .... Jean-Claude Baker, a Restaurateur, Dies at 71 nyti.ms/15a0Vo3

Jan 14, 2015

Who's dead? Free speech lion.Great work by my colleague Margo Fox..Al Bendich, Defender of ‘Howl’ and Lenny Bruce nyti.ms/1yczBS0

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