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Franklin McMahon, artist who covered news events, dies at 90

Franklin McMahon covered the world and its newsmakers with a pencil and a sketch pad.

“He told what he saw through his art,” said his daughter Chicago sculptor Margot McMahon. “He called himself an artist reporter and really chronicled his time in history.”

Mr. McMahon’s art documented the 1955 Mississippi trial of the men accused of lynching Chicago teenager Emmett Till; the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church; and political campaigns from Dwight Eisenhower’s run for president through the debates between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. McMahon, 90, died Saturday, March 3, in Highland Park Hospital, a week after suffering a stroke, his daughter said. He had lived in Lake Forest for some 50 years before moving about five years ago to Lincolnshire.


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