OBITS

John Hope Franklin, 1915-2009

John Hope Franklin, one of the preeminent black scholars of history, died yesterday at the age of 94. In a front-page obit, the Washington Post wrote that Franklin's "voluminous writings" made him an "inestimable historian." Of course, Franklin saw "racial horrors up close and thus was able to give his academic work a stinging ballast." He died of heart failure in a North Carolina hospital.