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Alexy during a service at his residence in Moscow in 2005

Patriarch Alexy II: Priest who stayed close to the Kremlin while guiding the Russian Orthodox Church into the post-Soviet era

Patriarch Alexy II headed the Russian Orthodox Church at a difficult time in its history as it managed the transition from semi-official but restricted Church in an atheist state to semi-official Church in a half-reformed, unsettled post-imperial state.

Inside Obituaries

The Hells Angels were hired to run the security at Altamont; instead they ran amok

Baird Bryant: Film-maker who captured the killing of a fan in the Rolling Stones documentary 'Gimme Shelter'

Friday, 5 December 2008

The Maysles brothers' documentary Gimme Shelter followed the Rolling Stones during their US tour of November 1969 and captured the group's performances at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Mileson in 2006 with the Scottish Cup, in the run-up to the final at Hampden Park against Hearts

Brooks Mileson: Businessman and philanthropist who took tiny Gretna to the Scottish Cup final

Friday, 5 December 2008

Brooks Mileson, a pony-tailed Sunderland-born eccentric who made a fortune in business and gave much of it away to struggling football clubs, was defined in the public's mind by the rise and demise of Gretna FC, the Scottish minnows he bankrolled to fairytale heights and then abandoned.

Dudley Savage: 'The Cornish Boy Organist'

Dudley Savage: Cinema organist and later a popular broadcaster on BBC Radio

Friday, 5 December 2008

Dudley Savage was one of the last of the cinema organ superstars. Amid a career spanning more than half a century, this most accomplished performer, composer and arranger never ceased to make music both accessible and enjoyable. In addition, as the host of the long-running BBC radio programme As Prescribed, his name still engenders a particular warmth of affection felt only for a very few broadcasters.

'I learned about the United States through the songs I sing': Odetta performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, 1978

Odetta: Inspirational singer of American folk music who lent her voice to the civil-rights movement

Thursday, 4 December 2008

When Barack Obama won the US presidential election last month, he had no doubts about who he wanted to sing at his inauguration.

Jan Krugier: Holocaust survivor who became an art dealer and champion of Picasso

Thursday, 4 December 2008

If, as has been said, the Holocaust produced no great work of art, it did produce one great art dealer: Jan Krugier, survivor of Auschwitz and Belsen, and, later, a champion of Picasso and Giacometti. Krugier made the connection himself between the two disparate parts of his life – the first spent evading Nazi gas chambers and death marches, the second in the gilded comfort of Genevan society. Tormented by what he called a "Pandora's box" of memories, Krugier turned to art as a form of therapy. "To cope with anxiety, I look at drawings," he said in old age. "It's a kind of self-defence, but it works."

Kenneth Pinnock: Educational publisher at John Murray

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Kenneth Pinnock was among the finest educational publishers of his time. Even more remarkably, he achieved success while based in one of the smaller players of the era, as Manager and then Educational Director of John Murray from 1953 to 1984.

Jorn Utzon, designer of the Sydney Opera House, one of the architectural wonders of the 20th Century

Jorn Utzon: Award-winning architect who designed the Sydney Opera House

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

At the time of the Australian Bicentennial celebrations in 1988, Sydney Opera House was voted one of "the wonders of the 20th century".

Craig Orr: Journalist who helped oversee the switch to computer technology

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Not every British journalist is described by colleagues as "one of the nicest men you could meet" but that was a common theme at the funeral of Craig Orr, the Fleet Street stalwart who has died at the age of 71. He managed to help produce national newspapers, in a variety of roles over decades, while preserving his reputation as a modest and agreeable man. "He was so laid back he was practically horizontal," said an editor who knew him well. "But at the same time he got things done, in the nicest possible way. That's not always the way in journalism."

Nico Rojas: Guitarist and composer whomixed Cuban rhythms with jazz

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Although he was unable to properly write down his own compositions and never pursued music as anything more than a hobby, Nico Rojas was a highly respected guitarist and composer in his native Cuba.

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

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

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

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