Notable deaths

The world mourns as the headlines have been full of the deaths of one notable name after another.

This month the Westhampton Library celebrates those who have passed with a special exhibit. Among those honored will be Antonin Scalia, Justice of the Supreme Court, who died recently at 79.

According to the New York Times, Scalia’s legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a conservative leader on the Court.

The world of literature lost several luminaries. The author of To Kill A Mockingbird passed away: Harper Lee died at the age of 89. And the celebrated Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco died at 84. Eco is best known for the 1980 literary mystery The Name of the Rose.

In the field of pop culture, the iconic rock star David Bowie died on January 10th in New York. He was one of the most innovative musicians of his time, constantly reinventing himself. As the BBC noted, “The influence of chameleon musician, actor and style guru David Bowie has been widespread and lasting.”

Other musicians who also died recently were Natalie Cole at 65 on January 7th, Glenn Frey of The Eagles at 67 on January 18th, and both Signe Anderson and Paul Kantner of the original Jefferson Airplane at 74 on the same day, January 28th. The Airplane performed at Woodstock and DVDs of that event are available in the exhibit.

 

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February 29, 2016

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