The obituary for Frank DiGangi, who was the former associate dean for the College of Pharmacy at the U, was like a regular obit story, but with a twist.
The reporter decided to not just lead into the obit with a standard obit lead. They decided to provided some background information about the deceased that might have been included in the chronology, which works really well. It is a way of adding to the story without making the actual chronology part too long. There is still the typical obit lead, but it's about five graph's in.
Colleagues and a family member of DiGangi were used as sources for the obit. They provided good commentary for DiGangi because they are the people that knew him the best.
An obit differs from a resume, in the sense that an obit is written about someone who is deceased. An obit has more of a narrative to the way it's read. A resume usually just has the important facts listed with really no connecting sentences.