We lost one of the finest journalists of our time — and a generous supporter of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project — when John Carroll passed away in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 14. A vigorous, healthy man, John was diagnosed in January with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a rare disease that rapidly triggers progressive dementia. He was 73.
The first week we launched this Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project website (coldcases.emory.edu) in early January 2015, John jumped in with a contribution. That was a lovely surprise; I had mentioned the project to John and told him about the wonderful work our students were doing, but only in passing when we crossed paths at an editors’ conference in Chicago last fall. His gift came unsolicited by anything other than the blue button on our website seeking donations.
Here are some tributes to this great man:
From Nieman Reports at Harvard: http://bit.ly/1BqUyfn
From The Washington Post: http://wapo.st/1LBwyq9
From The New York Times: http://nyti.ms/1edLvUU
From NPR: http://n.pr/1SphCQb
From the Lexington Herald-Leader: http://bit.ly/1BAGCzA
Our prayers are with John’s wife, Lee and his children. The good news is that news organizations across the globe are populated by journalists who learned from John and who carry his legacy forward.
— Hank Klibanoff