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Albert M. FRANCO Albert M. Franco, beloved husband, father, mentor, civil rights advocate, community activist and philanthropist, passed away Thursday, January 6 and was laid to rest in a family service. Albert was born November 10, 1914 to immigrant parents Rosa Boullissa and Marco Franco of the Island of Rhodes. He attended Leschi Elementary, Garfield High School and graduated from the University of Washington and University of Washington Law School Class of 1939. He served in the US Army Intelligence Corps. Returning to Seattle, he became a founding partner of the law firm Franco, Asia, Bensussen and Coe, and practiced immigration and business law, also serving as the representative of the Mexican Embassy in the Northwest. Albert was an early civil rights advocate, and helped author King County's Civil Rights Ordinance. He also served on the King County Human Rights Commission. A strong philanthropic supporter of the Jewish Community and United Way, Albert was past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle and was active in the Anti-Defamation League, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Jewish Committee. Possessing a photographic memory, Albert was also "the Brain" on a local radio show called "Beat the Brain" in which contestants called in with challenging questions to beat "the Brain." Albert is predeceased by his parents, Rosa Boullissa and Marco Franco, brothers John Franco and Nissam Franco and sister Dorothy Franco Muscatel. He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Toby,of Mercer Island, son Conrad of Portland, OR, brother Dr. Robert Franco of Richland and sister Sarah (Toddy) Horowitz of Los Angeles, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 12, 2011
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