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William Franklin MD

Obituary Condolences

FRANKLIN, William, MD Of Newton and Wareham, September 27, at the age of 91.Cherished husband for 69 years of Beverly Franklin. Dear brother of Robert Franklin MD and his partner Jacquie Renear of Martha's Vineyard. Loving father of Rick Franklin of Cambridge, Ted Franklin of Wellfleet, and Peter Franklin, MD and his wife Kathleen of Newton. Adored grandfather of Nick and Kathy Franklin of Santa Monica, CA, Emily Franklin Strauss and Adam Strauss, MD of Newton, MA, Jon and Sarah Franklin of Washington, DC, Anouska Komlosy of London, England, Anabel Franklin of New York, NY, Jessica Franklin of Los Angeles, CA, Timothy Franklin of Newton, MA, Owen Franklin and his partner Charles Cobine of Philadelphia, PA, Matthew Ehrlich of Brooklyn, NY, and Gabrielle Ehrlich and her partner Jamie McGuane of Walpole, MA. Bill was also the beloved "Papa" to 10 great grandchildren. Dr. Franklin trained at Boston University Medical School, taught there and became a longtime member of the Kiefer Sociey. As a specialist in asthma and allergy, he went on to join the staff of Mass General Hospital where he became a Clinical Professor @ Harvard Medical School, and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He was a pioneer in the use of steroids for treating asthma, and often sent his patients off to Canada and the U.K. for steroid treatment before it became approved here by the FDA. One of the earliest innovators of the measuring spirometer, and at his retirement from medicine at age 80, he was the preeminent Allergist in New England, leaving thousands of devoted patients who begged him to stay on in practice. Bill and Beverly were longtime patrons of the arts, enjoying and supporting opera, symphony, theatre, and museums, as well as being enthusiastic world travelers. Bill was a great sports fan_especially of the Red Sox; he loved to sail, cycle, do crossword puzzles, and had such a remarkable mind and memory for details that his family called him "Flypaper Brain.". He also had a wonderful laugh. Interment will be private. Friends and family are welcome to visit from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday Sept 30, and Friday October 1 at 403 Walnut Street, Newton. Donations in honor of Dr. Franklin may be made to the loan fund established by the Franklin family for medical student scholarships @ B.U. Medical School, 80 East Concord St., Boston, Ma 02118 or to Hospice of the Good Shepherd, 2042 Beacon St. Newton, MA 02468.

Published in The Boston Globe from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2010
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