• The Eulogizer now on Twitter: Links and notes

    The Eulogizer has opened up a Twitter feed. It will cover more obituaries than is possible in this column, and will offer links to articles about individuals who may not make it in to individual entries. Find The Eulogizer on Twitter @TheEulogizer.  Recent Twitter-only items: Moshe Yehoshua Hager, Vizhnitzer rebbe (also here on JTA), and… More ▸

  • Photojournalist Stan Stearns, took ‘salute’ photo at JFK funeral, dies at 76

    Photographer Stan Stearns, whose photo of John Kennedy Jr. saluting his father’s coffin during the funeral cortege became an icon of the 1960s, died March 2 at 76 [[READMORE]] “One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures,” Stearns said once. “As the caisson was rolling out to Arlington Cemetery I asked every photographer I could… More ▸

  • DC couturier Harriet Kassman dies at 90

    Harriet Kassman, whose outfits and gowns dressed high-powered Washington women for decades, died Feb. 24 at 90. The Washington Post said Kassman was the capital’s “unofficial arbiter of haute couture” and had a “loyal stable of elite clients including governmental officials, business executives, and embassy and political wives,” some of whom spent “six-figure sums annually… More ▸

  • Jane Ising, 110, editor Harry Coen, 67, actor Ben Gazzara, 81 – not Jewish, but…

    In case you had seen headlines and were wondering, the subjects of this item, supercentenarian Jane Ising, 110, British editor Harry Coen, 67, and actor Ben Gazzara, 81, all of whom died in the last week, were not Jewish. But their stories are worth noting. [[READMORE]] Birthday celebrations at her suburban Chicago nursing home were… More ▸

  • Legendary agent Frank Cooper, tied to Sinatra and Eastwood, dies at 99

    Legendary Hollywood talent agent Frank Cooper, who discovered Frank Sinatra and who helped develop pioneering TV programs and films, died Jan. 19 at 99 in Encino, Calif. Trade publication Billboard said in 1943 that Cooper was the “forgotten man” in the complicated deal that freed Sinatra from his contract with the Tommy Dorsey band and gave… More ▸

  • The Eulogizer celebrates life

    The Eulogizer apologizes for being irregular and minimalist in filing items in recent weeks. We have been preparing for and then celebrating our son’s bar mitzvah, and the joys of celebrating life have made filing items for this blog a challenge. The celebrations and post-event activities are nearly done, and the Eulogizer expects to rev… More ▸

  • Jerzy Kluger, lifelong friend of Pope John Paul, dies at 90

    Jerzy Kluger, a childhood friend of Karol Wojtyla, the Polish priest who improved Vatican relations with Jews when he became Pope John Paul II, died in Rome on Dec. 31, 2011 at 90. "The young Karol Wojtyla learned a lot about Judaism from Kluger," said author Gianfranco Svidercoschi, an aide to the late pope and… More ▸

  • Designer Eva Zeisel, who survived Stalin to create beauty, dies at 105

    Eva Zeisel, whose post-war tableware designs “helped to revolutionize the way Americans set their tables” but who also suffered imprisonment and torture in the days of Joseph Stalin, died at 105 on Dec. 30, 2011. Zeisel was “one of the most influential industrial designers of the 20th century, who created lyrical yet practical tableware and… More ▸