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obituaries



  • Hank Aaron's Lasting Impact is Measured in More than Home Runs

    by Howard Bryant

    Hank Aaron biographer Howard Bryant shared common experiences with the baseball legend as a Black man in the sports industry. He writes about the legacy of the slugger who lived through the Jim Crow and civil rights eras and died at age 86 today. 



  • Tom Lankford, 85, Dies; Southern Journalist With Divided Loyalties

    Tom Lankford took many iconic photographs in Birmingham that publicized the cause of Civil Rights protestors. But he worked behind the scenes to cultivate relationships with the city's notorious Bull Connor to buttress the reputation of the police force while working with his publisher to squelch local demands for change that threatened the business community.



  • The Bravery of William Winter

    by Stuart Stevens

    Former Mississippi Governor William Winter should be remembered for facing down extremists and advancing a moderate vision of change in Mississippi that centered on education. He died at 97 on December 18. 



  • Ted DeLaney, Conscience of a Roiled University, Dies at 77

    Ted DeLaney worked as a custodian at Washington and Lee before graduating at age 41,  returned as a professor, became the school's first Black department chair, and pushed the school to confront the moral and ethical implications of venerating Robert E. Lee. 



  • David Hackett, Historian and Holocaust Expert, Dies at 80

    Professor Hackett was noted for translating "The Buchenwald Report," made by German-speaking US military officers who described in detail their findings at the liberated concentration camp, preserving a key document for the fight against Holocaust denialism. He died of complications of the coronavirus. 



  • In Memoriam: Jenny Tone-Pah-Hote (1980–2020)

    by Malinda Maynor Lowery

    "Her contributions to historical scholarship, undergraduate teaching, and graduate mentorship will be remembered, and deeply missed, by all who knew her."



  • Stephen F. Cohen, Influential Historian of Russia, Dies at 81

    Stephen Cohen did not shy from controversy, either in his scholarly claims (made at the height of the Cold War) that the Bolshevik revolution contained true democratic potential before being corrupted, or in his criticisms of American efforts to influence post-Soviet Russia.