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What's the deal with dead people?

The obit I am blogging about is from the Star Tribune about a U of St. Thomas prof. Francis Mayer.

Some of the sources they used were a former student of Mayer who also is a St. Thomas administrator. They also spoke to a retired marine who sang in his choir. The story has the standard obit lead where they name the person, their age, and what they did for a living. The lead works because it is simple and to the point. It differs from a resume because the reporter talked to people who were affected by professor Mayer. On a resume, they talk to people who weren't necessarily affected by the person. They also only list things from his life that were important, not just every single thing or job the person worked.