If ever there were a talent worthy of high regard, this gentle cauldron of imagination seems a figure that ought to be regarded as a national treasure.
As soon as the news of Maurice Sendak's death was announced, social media was flooded with comments from generations of readers, parents, and librarians.
Ahmed Ben Bella, a leader of Algeria's liberation struggle and the country's first president, died on April 11 at his home in Algiers.
Ayers was a longtime leader of IBEW Local 34 in Peoria, Ill., before ascending to national union office. He was unanimously elected president of the department in early 2007.
Steve Cooper, a longtime trade union, civil rights activist and member of the Los Angeles Metro Club of the Communist Party died recently in Los Angeles. He was 77.
Two Los Angeles-based legends of Rhythm & Blues passed away last week: Etta James and Johnny Otis.
Lorenzo Torrez, leader of the Communist Party, a staunch yet quiet spoken fighter for union rights and Mexican American equality, died New Years Day in Tucson.
As a teenager and a member of the Young Communist League, he was active in the struggle to free the Scottsboro Boys and helped to organize the fur workers.
Edward H. Elkind, 81, a Marxist activist and teacher who also worked as a computer programmer and advocated such causes as D.C. home rule, rent control, public housing and public health clinics, died Oct. 8.
Cobell is especially honored for her role as the lead plaintiff in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit charging the U.S. government with cheating Native Americans.