A month after commissioning his own tombstone, the quirky founder of the Dead Poets Society of America has died.
Walter Skold had enlisted the son of novelist John Updike to carve a unique tombstone that will be topped with a dancing skeleton and a quill.
Michael Updike, who received the poet's deposit last month, said he never expected to be carving the monument so soon.
Skold died Jan. 20, in Elkins Park, Pa., after suffering a heart attack, Updike said Friday. He was 57.
"He was a sweet soul," said Updike, of Newbury, Mass. "He was a kind person with this quirky predilection to poets' graves and death and the macabre."
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