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Searching For A Fitting Epitaph

Richard Gelles, author of more than two dozen academic books and hundreds of articles and a longtime professor of social policy, died of brain cancer in late June. The widely esteemed academic reportedly told his son that he wanted the epitaph on his tombstone to read, “Published. Still Perished.” I could find no mention of this in the numerous obituaries I looked up, but I choose to believe it is true. I admire someone who finds humor in the face of death. That got me to pondering what epitaph I might choose for my tombstone, if I were going to have one. I’m not, preferring cremation...

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