obit: ex President of Iran Ali Rafsanjani

Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran in 2005. Credit James Hill for The New York Times  Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president of Iran and a founder of the Islamic republic, who navigated the opaque shoals of his country's theocracy as one of its most enduring, wiliest and wealthiest leaders, died on …

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ObitL Father Daniel J. Berrigan has reposed at 94

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War and landed him in prison, died on Saturday in the Bronx. He was 94.  His death, at Murray-Weigel Hall, the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University, was confirmed by the Rev. James Martin, …

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Architect Donald Wexler reposes, 89

I like Wexler's work. I try to highlight notable Americans obituaries, that last gasp into someone's life, for inspiration and edification.  Donald Wexler, died on Friday, June 26, 2015, at his Palm Desert home.  He is probably the last, if not last  American steel and glass architect.   He was 89. His son Gary confirmed his …

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My Cousin, Tim

   ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS EXPRESSES CONDOLENCES for the Family of Tim Maniatis  NEW YORK – Timothy (Tim) J. Maniatis, Archon Exarchos and longtime consultant with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America fell asleep in the Lord, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.  (Correction:  his Greek name is not Timothy but Euthymius). Mr. Maniatis was a well-known organizer and …

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Update on Kinkade

Wife of 'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade seeks restraining order against his girlfriend The brother of Thomas Kinkade says the renowned painter's alcohol relapse may have contributed to his sudden death. NBC's Mike Taibbi reports. There's a new twist in the aftermath of the death of Thomas Kinkade, the artist called the "Painter of Light." …

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Thomas Kinkade, dies.

The painter of light dies.  Age 54. Thomas Kinkade, the "Painter of Light" and one of the most popular artists in America, died suddenly Friday at his Los Gatos home. He was 54.  His family said in a statement that his death appeared to be from natural causes. "Thom provided a wonderful life for his …

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