Clarence Beavers, Last of a Black Paratroop Unit, Dies at 96 – The New York Times

Clarence died back in 2017.  I just found his obituary today.  His is a great example of why I started paying more attention to obituaries in 2018.  My position at Frazer Consultants started this journey, and once I embarked on this odyssey, I quickly discovered why so many people are so fascinated with obituaries.  For me, it’s the chance to gain inspiration from someone who until now, you may not have even known existed.  In cases of familiarity with the deceased, the experience is still very similar.   In that moment, where their life story is revealed to you, their legacy becomes part of you.  Sometimes this cathartic engagement is more profound than others.  The important thing is that in their death, you have connected to their legacy, which inspires the life you’re still living in meaningful ways.

-John

Clarence Beavers, the last surviving member of a groundbreaking group of black paratroopers deployed during World War II against what were described as the world’s first intercontinental-range airborne weapons — giant bomb-laden balloons launched from Japan and aimed at North America — died on Dec. 4 at his home in Huntington, N.Y. He was 96.

Source: Clarence Beavers, Last of a Black Paratroop Unit, Dies at 96 – The New York Times

Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies – The New York Times

Dr. Epstein did not live his life in a bubble, but he sought to avoid tobacco, X-rays, pesticides, saccharin, talcum powder, cyclamates used as preservatives, hair spray with vinyl chloride, hot dogs dyed with nitrites, milk from cows injected with genetically engineered growth hormones and pajamas treated with a certain flame retardant — all of which he considered carcinogenic.

Source: Dr. Samuel Epstein, 91, Cassandra of Cancer Prevention, Dies – The New York Times

Bob Dorough, Jazzman With a Hit Kid-Music Series, Dies at 94 – The New York Times

bob dorough obituary

I loved and still love these old tunes from schoolhouse rock!  This obituary and Bob’s life and death such a great example of the importance of celebrating his loss and reconnecting with how he inspired so many with his music and his life.  -John

Bob Dorough, a singer, pianist and composer who was well known for his jazz but even better known for “Schoolhouse Rock!,” an infectious series of song-filled cartoons that conveyed math and grammar principles to young viewers, died on Monday at his home in Mount Bethel, Pa. He was 94.

Source: Bob Dorough, Jazzman With a Hit Kid-Music Series, Dies at 94 – The New York Times

Obituary: Barbara Bush – former US First Lady and literacy campaigner – BBC News

The former US First Lady never accepted a passive role, and campaigned for social justice.

Source: Obituary: Barbara Bush – former US First Lady and literacy campaigner – BBC News