To Franklin's family,
I worked for Prof. Houn in the Political Science Dept. from 1979 to 1990 typing his manuscripts and class materials. He was a great customer of my father's store in South Amherst, John's Mini Mart. I am so saddened by Franklin's passing. He was a good and honorable man. Every day he walked up to the tenth floor of Thompson Hall at least twice to keep his mind and body in sync. He always brought me fresh veggies from his garden. He will be truly missed!!
Professor Houn was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known. I worked for him as a work study student in 1974 or 1975 taking notes from the Peking Review. We spent many hours together in his office in Thompson Hall surrounded by stacks of books and journals and newspapers discussing issues of the world. Professor Houn was such a good man. He even allowed me to have my German shepherd with me while I was working. It wasn't really work. A better way to describe it was a privileged opportunity for me to learn from a brilliant man. He was kind enough to write a recommendation for me, which I still have today. I tried for many years to locate him after he retired from the university, but without success unfortunately. I wanted to thank him for being so kind to me and to let him know that I had never stopped thinking of him. I remember one conversation he and I had about whether his son should attend Harvard or Yale. I can see that my thoughts on the subject weren't for naught. Rest in peace dear Professor Houn. I'm sure we'll meet again someday.
To the Houn family,
With my deepest sympathy on your recent loss. Franklin was a true gentleman and will be missed by his many friends and neighbors here in Turnberry Courts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Joan Lee
Dear HOUN Family,
We truly miss the SCHOLAR, GENTLEMAN, DIPLOMAT, STORY TELLER and most of all, KIND FRIEND. Our conversations covered everything from A to Z.
We hope for you continued pleasure in your memories of one of America's true treasures.
James and Alvergia Guyton
Leisure World of Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Dear Fred, Florence and Flora: Judi and I want to express our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family on the loss of your father. Please know that we will be thinking of you and hope that you will be able to find solace in memories and remembrances. With deepest sympathy, Kip and Judi