Longtime history professor dies

William platt

Franklin Jeffrey Platt, a longtime associate professor in the history department, known for recording oral histories of Holocaust survivors, died June 6, 2008. He was 66.

From 1973 to 2001, Dr. Platt taught courses at NAU in European history, Elizabethan diplomacy and about the Holocaust.

He was born in St. Johns, Ariz., on April 5, 1942, to Lester Platt and Josephine Patterson Platt.

Dr. Platt attended high school in St. Johns and served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ireland. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University. Upon retirement, he served full-time for the LDS Charleston Mission in West Virginia.

Known for his dignified appearance and demeanor, Dr. Platt also will be remembered for his service to the church and for his love of history, family and children.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Colleen; his children, Roxanne, Rachelle and RobRoy; 13 grandchildren, and his siblings, Gary, Rodney, Randy and Julie.

Dr. Platt’s services recently were held in Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerfamilymortuary.com.