Rob Christensen, political columnist with The News & Observer, salutes 10 North Carolina leaders who died in the past 12 months, including Ralph Campbell Jr., the first African-American elected to statewide office (state auditor); Ruth Cook, a five-term legislator and civil rights activist who fled Nazi Germany as a young Jewish immigrant; Jim Forrester, 11-term state senator who was a native of Scotland and former brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force; and Grace Rohrer, the first woman to hold a cabinet post in N.C. (cultural resources secretary) and a champion of the Equal Rights Amendment. Read the full article
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