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Samuel T. Francis, 1947 – 2005

Former Washington Times editorial page writer/deputy editor/acting editor Samuel T. Francis died earlier this month, according to a belated Post obituary. His funeral was held Saturday in his native Chattanooga.

Francis started as an editorial writer at the Wash Times in 1986, became the deputy editorial page editor in 1987, and served as acting editor for four months in 1991 before going to be a staff columnist. He twice won ASNE’s Distinguished Writing Award for Editorial Writing (1989 and 1990). He has had a syndicated twice-weekly column.

The Post explains that Francis railed against the neoconservative movement and proudly proclaimed himself a “paleoconservative.” As one example, they point to his 1994 column on the 40th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, in which he called the school desegregation decision “the most dangerous and destructive Supreme Court decision in American history.”

More rememberances here.

(Unfortunately, we can’t seem to navigate the Wash Times’ archives to pull up the obit they presumably ran. If anyone wants to pass along a link, we’ll post it.)

UPDATE: Here’s the Washington Times obit.

UPDATE 2: It appears the Post was, well, dead last on this story — the D.C. Examiner’s Editorial Page Editor David Mastio wrote a memorial last week: “In reality, Sam Francis was merely a racist and doesn’t deserve to be remembered as anything less.” The Post appears to living up to Jon Stewart’s motto in this case.

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