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Obit Writer Awards Honor 'AJC' and Toronto's 'Globe and Mail'

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obit Writer Awards Honor 'AJC' and Toronto's 'Globe and Mail'

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Kay Powell, obituary editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Tom Hawthorn, a freelance obit writer for The Globe and Mail of Toronto shared top prizes in the 2008 Society of Professional Obituary Writers Awards.

Both received the Best Body of Work award for 2007. Hawthorn also wrote the winning obit in the Best Long-Form Obituary category about an "Average Joe or Non-celebrity."

Powell tied with another Atlanta Journal-Constitution obit writer, Holly Crenshaw, in the Best Short-Form obituary about a Celebrity or Famous Person category. Jim Nicholson, the retired Philadelphia Daily News obituary writer whom many SPOW members cite as their inspiration, is the first recipient of the SPOW Lifetime Achievement Award.

The list of awards, revealed Wednesday, includes:

* Best long-form obituary of a celebrity or famous person -- Tim Bullamore of the Daily Telegraph in London for "Natalia Karp"; Sandra Martin of the Globe and Mail for "Mr. Toronto."

* Best long-form obituary of an Average Joe or non-celebrity -- Tom Hawthorn's "Tattoed king of the midway" for the Globe and Mail. …

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