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• Doug Blough, the former director of communications for GMDC, died last week of pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

In an email to industry friends last week, GMDC CEO Dave McConnell wrote, in part:

“Since his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer last October Doug fought against this insidious disease and to the very end maintained the sense of dignity, kindness and caring for others that were at the core of who he was and how he'll be remembered by all of us who were privileged to have known him.

“As we mourn Doug's passing I hope that you'll join me in approaching the grieving process as one that is a celebration of the life of a very special and unique man whom we were all privileged to have enter our lives. Doug talked to me just a week ago about his anticipated passing with a sense of calm that amazed me and he actually played a big role in the planning of his funeral. In these conversations and the planning process with Linda he was consistent in stressing that it was very important that his passing be a celebration of his life and who he was … as you all know the big guy always loved a good laugh and a good time with friends and family so let's take this time to reflect on all the wonderful memories we have of him and celebrate his life.”

• Dith Pran, the journalist whose gruesome experiences in Cambodia during the regime of the Khmer Rouge were turned into a best-selling book by Sydney H. Schanberg and the film “The Killing Fields,” died over the weekend of pancreatic cancer. He was 65, and had been working as a photojournalist for the New York Times.

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