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Former Olympian diving champion Mark Lenzi was East Carolina University diving coach

GREENVILLE, NC – Olympic diving champion Mark Lenzi died Monday after spending two weeks in critical condition in a Greenville, N.C. hospital. He was 43. (This story appeared at Fredricksburg.com. Read the rest here.) Advertisements

Former Olympian diving champion Mark Lenzi was East Carolina University diving coach

GREENVILLE, NC – Olympic diving champion Mark Lenzi died Monday after spending two weeks in critical condition in a Greenville, N.C. hospital. He was 43. (This story appeared at Fredricksburg.com. Read the rest here.)

Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, 84, helped define Chicago bebop sound

MORRO BAY, Calif. – You could hear the sound of the South Side of Chicago in Red Holloway’s saxophone, his music gritty and tough and steeped in the blues. So even though he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and

Jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, 84, helped define Chicago bebop sound

MORRO BAY, Calif. – You could hear the sound of the South Side of Chicago in Red Holloway’s saxophone, his music gritty and tough and steeped in the blues. So even though he moved to Los Angeles in 1967 and

Mike Melvoin, musician who worked with Sinatra, remembers marathon session with the Beach Boys

BURBANK, Calif. – Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has

Mike Melvoin, musician who worked with Sinatra, remembers marathon session with the Beach Boys

BURBANK, Calif. – Mike Melvoin, a pianist/composer/arranger whose credits reach from from Stan Getz and Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson and the Beach Boys, and who was the first active musician to serve as national president of the Recording Academy, has

Skilled climber Jared Townsley, 32, died on the mountain he loved so much – Mount Hood

(Having done some climbing myself, I’m respectful on anyone who wills himself to the top.) TIGARD, Ore. –  Jared Townsley had a goal this year. He would climb Mount Hood once a month. The 32-year-old from Tigard was a skilled

Skilled climber Jared Townsley, 32, died on the mountain he loved so much – Mount Hood

(Having done some climbing myself, I’m respectful on anyone who wills himself to the top.) TIGARD, Ore. –  Jared Townsley had a goal this year. He would climb Mount Hood once a month. The 32-year-old from Tigard was a skilled

A punch thrown harder, and bricklayer Don ‘Tuff’ Fullmer, 72, might have been middleweight champion

(Editor’s note: This beautifully written story by Amy Donaldson is an example of how powerful an obituary can be in pointing out how a person’s character is shaped.) WEST JORDAN, Utah — Utah’s gentleman bruiser, Don Fullmer , 72, who

A punch thrown harder, and bricklayer Don ‘Tuff’ Fullmer, 72, might have been middleweight champion

(Editor’s note: This beautifully written story by Amy Donaldson is an example of how powerful an obituary can be in pointing out how a person’s character is shaped.) WEST JORDAN, Utah — Utah’s gentleman bruiser, Don Fullmer , 72, who

Finding richness in black culture, white singer/bandleader Johnny Otis, 90, was a R&B pioneer

LOS ANGELES – Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out. Born white, the son of Greek

Finding richness in black culture, white singer/bandleader Johnny Otis, 90, was a R&B pioneer

LOS ANGELES – Pioneering rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, drummer, bandleader and disc jockey Johnny Otis made the kind of conscious life choice early on that few people have the inclination, or circumstance, to carry out. Born white, the son of Greek

Renowned Minneapolis architect Michael Plautz was drawing, designing up to final moments

MINNEAPOLIS – Artist, architect, athlete and fly fisherman Michael Plautz retained his zest for life to the end. In the 19 months since his liver cancer was diagnosed, he traveled to Rwanda and New Mexico, designed furniture and lighting and

Renowned Minneapolis architect Michael Plautz was drawing, designing up to final moments

MINNEAPOLIS – Artist, architect, athlete and fly fisherman Michael Plautz retained his zest for life to the end. In the 19 months since his liver cancer was diagnosed, he traveled to Rwanda and New Mexico, designed furniture and lighting and