Former Columbus Dispatch biz editor dies at 87

Former Columbus Dispatch biz editor dies at 87

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Former Columbus Dispatch business editor Diana Britt Franklin died Monday after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was 87.

Luke Feck and Chris Amatos write, “Franklin, born Peter D. Franklin in Bournemouth, England, in May 1932, transitioned in March 2003, explaining that, ‘For many years I felt as though I was born into the wrong body. Now, my mind and body are at peace with one another. That is the only way I can explain it.’

“After her transition, she became active in the LGBTQ community, helping others transition. She also was active with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, where she helped coordinate the annual golf fundraiser for many years. She continued to write and published two true-crime books.

“Peter Franklin joined The Dispatch in 1981 and invigorated the Business department by bringing in new staff and infusing them with a new sense of direction. He won national prizes for his work. He retired from the paper in 1993 but continued a cookbook review column in collaboration with his wife, Eleanor.”

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