Yvonne Brill's obituary in the New York Times does not begin with a standard obituary lead, rather it begins with a short sentence that describes Brill and then adds a quote from her son. The second graph has more of a standard obituary lead.
The obituary is news worthy because Brill was widely known for her inventions as a rocket scientist. She received many awards including a National Medal of Technology and Innovation which was awarded by President Obama in 2011. She was one of the only women involved in rocket science in the 1940's and is known for working on the first designs for an american satellite. She was also inducted into the National Inventors hall of fame in 2010.
It is different from a resume because the author uses quotes from Brill to bring the story to life. The quotes add character and the reader can get a feel for the type of person Brill was. Also rather than just listing off the accomplishments, the author tells a story of Brill working as a rocket scientist adding in the details of her accomplishments as the story goes along.