Franklin David Sanders, son of the late George Henry and Catherine Lillian Sanders, died peacefully at his home in Midlothian, Virginia, on March 21, 2013, after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Born in Baltimore, Md., he moved south for his education and was awarded the Ph.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. During his teaching career, he held positions in the departments of English at the University of Richmond, College of William and Mary, Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and East Carolina University, where he was also the founding director of the Honors Program. After his retirement, he returned to Richmond and was a member of the Board of Directors of Richmond Shakespeare and a co-facilitator of Breath Matters, a support group for people with lung diseases. He was delighted that many of his students achieved their potential to become teachers, physicians, attorneys, writers, actors, and - whatever their field - decent human beings. He was proud that students he taught at East Carolina University won four Pulitzer prizes, a National Teacher of the Year Award, an Academy Award, and various other awards. He treasured his several long-standing friendships. A gathering of friends will be announced at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Richmond Shakespeare, Breath Matters, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or the Honors College at East Carolina University. Online condolences to WoodyFuneralHome.com.
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Published in The Daily Reflector on Mar. 24, 2013