Helen K. Nearing, 91, an author who...


Helen K. Nearing, 91, an author who inspired thousands of urbanites to head to the country, build houses and grow food, was killed Sunday when the car she was driving hit a tree in Brooksville, Maine. She co-wrote two best-selling books, "Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World," and "Continuing the Good Life," with her husband, Scott, who died in 1983 at 100.

She was a vegetarian, and had never tasted a hamburger or used a credit card.

In the 1930s, she and her husband abandoned New York City for a mountainside homestead in Vermont. They later moved to Harborside, Maine. Visitors were amazed at how they provided themselves with more than 90 percent of their food.

Rabbi Yehuda Meir Getz, 71, the only Israeli rabbi to preside over the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, died Sunday of a heart attack in Jerusalem.

Katherine Locke, 85, who starred on Broadway opposite John Garfield in "Having a Wonderful Time" and was critically acclaimed as Shakespeare's Ophelia, died of a brain tumor Sept. 12 in Los Angeles.

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