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

Willie L. Williams, Head of 2 Police Forces in Turmoil, Dies at 72

nytimes.com — Willie L. Williams, the first African-American to lead the police forces in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, cities in which hostilities between the police and black citizens had recently flared into violence, died on Tuesday at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. He was 72.

Elton Spitzer, 84, Who Helped Turn WLIR Into a Radio Destination, Dies

nytimes.com — In 1982, Elton Spitzer, a former food stand operator who happened to like music, was running WLIR, a small rock 'n' roll radio station on the outskirts of New York City that was struggling to carve out space for itself in a major market crowded with more powerful competitors.

Pearl Washington, 52, Dies; Starred at Syracuse

nytimes.com — Dwayne Washington, better known as Pearl, a charismatic point guard who achieved legend status as a Brooklyn schoolboy before moving upstate, where he helped lift Syracuse University to national prominence in basketball, died on Wednesday in the Bronx. He was 52. His sister, Janie Washington Bennett, said the cause was brain cancer.

Milt Pappas, Journeyman Traded for Hall of Famer, Dies at 76

nytimes.com — Milt Pappas, a cagey right-hander who won more than 200 big league games but whose most memorable, if unlucky, legacy is that he was traded for the future Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson in what has been considered one of the most lopsided exchanges in baseball history, died on Tuesday at his home in Beecher, Ill.

Grete Waitz, Marathon Champion, Dies at 57

nytimes.com — "What will endure forever is that she was able to balance a competitive career with the most gracious lifestyle, and a character that emanated good will," Samuelson said. Remarkably, Waitz, a champion track runner, ran her first marathon as a lark, with the encouragement of her husband, who was also her coach, and who told her that a trip to New York would be like a second honeymoon for them.

John Ferrone, Editor of Eclectic Stable of Writers, Dies at 91

nytimes.com — John Ferrone, an editor who shepherded Alice Walker 's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Color Purple" into print, encouraged Anaïs Nin to publish her erotic fiction, and served as James Beard's dining and cooking companion and literary executor, died in Old Bridge, N.J., on April 10. He was 91.

E.M. Nathanson, 88, author of ‘The Dirty Dozen’

bostonglobe.com — NEW YORK - E.M. Nathanson, whose best-selling 1965 novel "The Dirty Dozen" became the basis of one of the most enduring, if preposterous, World War II movies to come out of Hollywood, died April 5 at his home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Elizabeth Henderson.

E.M. Nathanson, 88, Author of ‘The Dirty Dozen’

nytimes.com — E. M. Nathanson, whose best-selling 1965 novel "The Dirty Dozen" became the basis of one of the most enduring, if preposterous, World War II movies to come out of Hollywood, died on Tuesday at his home in Laguna Niguel, Calif. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his wife, Elizabeth Henderson.

Mike Sandlock Dies at 100; Was Oldest Living Big Leaguer

nytimes.com — Mike Sandlock, a catcher and infielder for three National League teams who achieved his foremost baseball distinction decades after his playing days were over when he became the oldest living former big league ballplayer, died at his home in Cos Cob, Conn., on Monday, the day after opening day.

Shannon Bolin, 99, Actress Who Starred in ‘Damn Yankees,’ Dies

nytimes.com — Shannon Bolin, an actress and singer best remembered as Meg Boyd, the loyal and heartsick wife who was left behind in the original Broadway production of "Damn Yankees" as well as the subsequent movie adaptation, died on Friday in Manhattan. She was 99. Her death was confirmed by a nephew, John Link.
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Apr 29, 2016

Who's dead? A guy with a couple of tough jobs...Willie L. Williams, Head of 2 Police Forces in Turmoil, Dies at 72 nyti.ms/1r1o3Af

Apr 21, 2016

Who's dead? The jewel of college point guards....Pearl Washington, Who Put Syracuse on Basketball Map, Dies at 52 nyti.ms/1T0tO8a

Apr 20, 2016

Who's dead? It wasn't his fault that the guy he was traded for was a Hall of Famer...Milt Pappas Dies at 76 nyti.ms/1SYjspk

Apr 18, 2016

I agree with Clyde..and I say this without bias, even though I'm in it... twitter.com/ClydeHaberman/…

Mar 25, 2016

Who's dead? Think you're deep? He explained the meaning of 'meaning'..Hilary Putnam, Giant of Philosophy, Dies nyti.ms/1UF6ml5

Mar 16, 2016

Hungry? Best hamantaschen I've ever had....The East Village May Change, but the Strudel at Moishe’s Stays the Same nyti.ms/1Uzkpso

Mar 05, 2016

Who's dead? So you think you know baseball....? Tom Knight, Brooklyn’s Baseball Sage, Dies at 89 nyti.ms/1QAwnwS

Feb 28, 2016

Who's dead? Basketball fans of a certain vintage will remember Alcindor vs The Big E Eddie Einhorn Dies at 80 nyti.ms/212b8Jp

Feb 22, 2016

Who's dead? The Garcia Marquez of Puerto Rico...Rosario Ferré, Writer Who Examined Puerto Rican Identity, Dies at 77 nyti.ms/1QaWzRY


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