An obituary published in the New York Times demonstrated many of the elements discussed in class.
Irving R. Levine's obituary was a good example of the general obituary structure.
The lead began by introducing the Levine with his claim to fame, where he died, when he died and his age. The cause was then written in the second paragraph.
The next paragraphs elaborated on his "claim to fame" as a NBC news correspondent and were followed by the chronology of his life. Finally, the journalist ends the obituary with information about the surviving family members.
The journalist included a lot of strong biographical information but none of it was specifically attributed to a source. This probably is because Levine is important enough for information on his life to be considered well known.
This obituary is effective because it focuses on the most important aspects of Levine's life without sounding like a resume. The key to this effect was focusing on how Levine effected Americans with his economic broadcasts.