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Schoenfeld (left) with Al Pacino in 1979 at the opening night party of 'Richard III', in which Pacino played the title role

Gerald Schoenfeld: Lawyer and theatrical impresario who became one of Broadway's most powerful figures

As chairman of the Shubert Organisation, Gerald Schoenfeld was one of the most powerful men on Broadway.

Inside Obituaries

Professor C. B. Martin: Philosopher noted for the depth and originality of his thinking

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

With the death of Professor C. B. Martin – universally known as Charlie – philosophy has lost one of its most original, profound and important thinkers.

Sam Bor: Violinist and founder member of the BBC Symphony who later led the Scottish National Orchestra for 14 years

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

When Adrian Boult held auditions for the BBC's new Symphony Orchestra in 1930, he appointed one very young musician to the first violins. Sam Bor was 18. He came from a family of musicians (his parents were Abraham and Rosie Bor), had studied at the Birmingham School of Music and had been playing in public since his early teens.

Gibson pictured in the 1960s

William Gibson: Playwright best known for his depiction of Helen Keller, 'The Miracle Worker'

Monday, 1 December 2008

The playwright William Gibson wrote two of Broadway's most successful post-war plays, both of which enjoyed runs of nearly two years.

Luderin Darbone: Fiddle player and bandleader at the forefront of Cajun music

Monday, 1 December 2008

The leader of the Hackberry Ramblers for more than six decades, Luderin Darbone was a fine fiddle player and, more importantly, one of the great innovators in Cajun music.

Candid realism, imagination and patience: Robertson in 2001

Sir Lewis Robertson: Industrialist and company doctor who turned around the fortunes of ailing British businesses

Saturday, 29 November 2008

At any significant gathering of the great and the good in Edinburgh or Glasgow, and at many an occasion in London, a huge man, with a large face and spectacles to match would heave into the room, with a supporting crutch.

Rob Partridge: Head of Press at Island Records who made a legend of Bob Marley

Saturday, 29 November 2008

When Bob Marley performed at the One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, Jamaica, in April 1978, forcing together the hands of the island's leading politicians, popular music finally seemed to bridge social and economic quandaries. The image of Marley flanked by the Prime Minister Michael Manley and the opposition leader Edward Seaga flashed around the world, transmogrifying the Jamaican singer into an iconic figure more akin to Che Guevara than a musician.

Sarah Nayler: Children's book illustrator

Saturday, 29 November 2008

Sarah Nayler was a gifted and prolific illustrator with a deceptively simple style. Her work was enriched by a vitality and humour and caught the imagination of her admirers by encapsulating a devilish sense of fun.

Richey Edwards: Guitarist and lyricist with the Manic Street Preachers who disappeared in 1995

Friday, 28 November 2008

When Manic Street Preachers' lyricist Richey Edwards disappeared from his room at the Embassy Hotel in London's Bayswater district on the night of 1 February 1995, he set in motion one of rock 'n' roll's most enduring mysteries.

Fr Michele Piccirillo: Priest and expert in Byzantine archaeology

Friday, 28 November 2008

Michele Piccirillo, the Franciscan father and professor of archaeology, who has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, was an enthusiastic and dynamic character who took forward the study of early Byzantine archaeology, particularly mosaics, in Jordan, Palestine and Syria. He was an inspiration to all he came into contact with.

Lehmann: a formidable operator and natural communicator with infectious enthusiasm and a phenomenal work-rate

Peter Lehmann: Industrialist who helped privatise British Gas

Thursday, 27 November 2008

For over three decades Peter Lehmann, who has died after a short illness, played a significant role in the transformation of British Gas from a public sector behemoth to a successful privatised utility.

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Columnist Comments


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Steve Richards: Who is accountable for the police?

Why was Damian Green arrested with such spectacular insensitivity?

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