We are sorry to report the passing of noted Croatian linguist Dr Branko Franolic in London on 11 January. Dr Franolic’s role in promoting the Croatian language and culture over decades was inestimable. His work appeared in many international academic periodicals, and he made many donations of books on Croatian culture to libraries and institutions worldwide. He did this during many difficult times for Croatia, and when it was vital to promote the culture and language of the country. His passing has been noted extensively in the Croatian media and by the Croatian state. Update: The Croatian President has also issued a statement here.
In 1996, the INA oil company gave him their award for promoting Croatian culture worldwide.
Dr Franolic was a good friend to the editor of CBR.
Update: A further extensive obituary can be seen here.
Update 18 Jan: An excellent feature on Branko Franolic by noted writer on Croatia, Marcus Tanner, can be seen here.