9th Great Obituary Writers International Conference
June 14, 15 & 16, 2007
Alfred, New York




The 9th Great Obituary Writer's Conference in Alfred, New York has concluded. Hope you have all recovered from the rigorous workload.



Friday's conference presenters included:



Saturday's conference presenters included:

Other conference activities included a reception and dinner on Thursday evening at the Old West Food Company in downtown Alfred. Friday night's open bar cocktail party was hosted by Marilyn Johnson at the Café Za, also in beautiful downtown Alfred. On Saturday, Carolyn Gilbert was interviewed by NPR for a feature that ran Sunday morning, 6-17-07, on the "All Things Considered" news program and the remaining attendees still in town drove up to Almond, NY for a going-away dinner at the Muhleisen's Roadhouse. Libations flowed freely but the evening ended much too soon — the Sunday drive would be starting early for most. The last seven of us checked-out of the Saxon Inn just before the 11:00 am deadline, hoping to all meet again in 2008 for the 10th Great Obituary Writer's International Conference.





Our Photo Gallery

a view of Alfred University from the carillon tower
A view of Alfred University from the carillon tower




statue of Alfred, King of the Saxons, at Alfred University
Statue of Alfred, King of the Saxons, at Alfred University




a unique field stone building found on the Alfred University campus
A unique field stone building found on the Alfred University campus




Carolyn Gilbert, founder of the International Association of Obituarists
Carolyn Gilbert,
founder of the International Association of Obituarists




Andrew Losowsky
Andrew Losowsky




Krishna Andavolu of 'Obit' Magazine
Krishna Andavolu of Obit Magazine




Colin Haskin, Cathy Dunphy & Moira Dann of the 'Globe and Mail'
Colin Haskin, Cathy Dunphy & Moira Dann of the Globe and Mail




Stephen Miller of the 'New York Sun' & 'Wall Street Journal'
Stephen Miller of the New York Sun & Wall Street Journal




Andrew McKie of the London 'Daily Telegraph'
Andrew McKie of the London Daily Telegraph




Andrew McKie makes a point
Andrew McKie makes a point




Galen Brooks of Andover, New York
Galen Brooks of Andover, New York




the Davis Memorial Carillon at Alfred University
The Davis Memorial Carillon at Alfred University




the cover of Jim Sheeler's latest book - 'obit'
The cover of Jim Sheeler's latest book - obit




cover of Marilyn Johnson's 'The Dead Beat' - now available in paperback
The cover of Marilyn Johnson's The Dead Beat
- now available in paperback




the latest Social Security Death Index CD from the National Technical Information Service, autographed by Marilyn Johnson
The latest Social Security Death Index CD
from the National Technical Information Service,
autographed by Marilyn Johnson




the group listens to Carolyn Gilbert induct Philip Jones into the Hall of Fame

The group listens to Carolyn Gilbert induct Philip Jones into the Hall of Fame




conference attendees listing to Andrew McKie's presentation
Conference attendees listing to Andrew McKie's presentation









All photographs ©Copyright 2007 James Daggy, all rights reserved.