Michael Franko
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Franko, Michael Andrew, 84, suddenly, on May 13, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The full death notice may be viewed at www.cremationsocietyofmd.com.

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Published in Baltimore Sun on May 17, 2020.
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May 25, 2020
Our friendship started simply enough: Sorbonne, Paris 1960, dancing in the streets on Bastille Day, then becoming our
Best Man at our wedding.

For the past 60 years this remarkable man has enriched our lives and those of many with his kind heart, intelligence, humor as well as improving our vocabulary along the way! Fond memories will prevail. As Mike once told us One Lives as long as one is remembered. He leaves an enduring and cherished legacy.
Neil & Jayne Kajfez
Friend
Neil and Jayne Kajfez
Friend
May 22, 2020
For anyone who went to Western HS, & was lucky enough to have had Mr Franko as a teacher, I know, like me, you remember, & were inspired by his brilliance, precision, emphasis on correct use of language, worldliness, kindness, artistic awareness and absolutely wicked wit. Some of us, in our senior year, would hang out with him at his art filled apt on St Paul St. He was so much fun & opened up the world to our young minds. I am heartbroken. RIP, dear mentor. You shaped so many of us more than you could ever know: ❤
Elaine Montana
Student
May 21, 2020
Deborah Nicolas
Student
May 19, 2020
I have not yet come across a single Westernite who was not both stunned and saddened by the recent death of Mr. Michael Franko.
As a former Western High School teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator, he was loved and respected by his students. We will pray for his eternal soul to RIP.
K. Armour Western HS Class of '72
May 19, 2020
Michael Franko made a tremendous impact on my life. As my teacher, yearbook advisor, and friend for more than 50 years, he always demanded correct use of the English language. Also, he was a great role model for setting high standards as well as having fun in all worthwhile endeavors. And, to top it off, he was a truly thoughtful and caring person. I feel fortunate to have learned so much from him in my youth and enjoyed his friendship thereafter.
Carolyn Fridley (nee Ugiansky)
Friend
May 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to Mr. Frankos family at this very difficult time. I can only imagine the complexity of your grief. My path crossed briefly with Mr. Franko at Western as a freshman. Although he was committed to the school and to helping all of his students navigate high school life and decision making at Western, he helped me in a slightly different way. I was not thriving at the school, although Id always been a good student. When I met with him about a possible transfer from the school to another magnet program, and told him I was considering City, he helped me make the change, navigating the conversation with my parents and with Citys administration. It was what was best for me, and I was grateful that he made the time to help me process the decision and advocate for the change I needed. He was warm, kind, and very approachable. May he Rest In Peace.
Stacy
Student
May 18, 2020
What can you say about a man so universally loved and admired? Mr. Franko was head of guidance during my years at Western High School, 1980 - 1984. He was the light in a dark and dreary time for me. I feel that he literally saved my life. His laugh, his smile, his firm look that was backed by a gentle admonition... The years I spent as a peer counselor were priceless to me. His wisdom, compassion and sage counsel shaped my life. He was more than an educator to me, he was a friend at a time that I most needed one. The depth of caring that he showed everyone is so moving to me. His loss is so deeply felt. May he find whatever peace we all seek in the end. His legacy is a united community of loving sisterhood that spans generations, all touched and enriched by his gifts of acceptance and love.
Catherine Waters
Student
May 18, 2020
I would have liked to have him as a teacher. He was so well liked and respected by the class of '64, and so many have been upset by his death.
Louette
Student
May 18, 2020
Mr. Franko was my 10th grade English instructor at Baltimore City College high school. He was outstanding teacher with a wonderful sense of humor. He taught us the rules of English grammar. I would evaluate him as among the best teachers that I had during my years at City.
James Genthner
Student
May 17, 2020
Mr. Frank was a great person who cared about everyone. Great counselor. Class of 85
Debbie Smith
Student
May 17, 2020
Michael was the first teacher to tell me it was okay for a woman to be strong and intelligent. He changed my life in ways I may never realize. I will miss him forever. RIP, Michael.
Arlene M Burman
Friend
May 17, 2020
Beautiful angel gone too soon!
Karen Harris
Friend
May 17, 2020
When someone teaches you to write wellpersonal essays, analytical essays on many topics, including theme, plot, and character in literaturewhat he's fundamentally teaching you is to think well. He was a challenging instructor. His assignments challenged us intellectually, his editorial responses demanding revisions made us hone our craft as writers and our minds as critical thinkers. He welcomed our literary criticism arguments that challenged his own, too. He strengthened us in ways we wouldn't recognize until years, sometimes decades, later, whenever we'd challenge ourselves to higher achievement or surprise ourselves with our strength in speaking truth to power. As he challenged us to write and to think clearly and creatively, he "wrote upon us," as the best teachers and mentors do, revealing to ourselves the best and highest use of our gifts. How many creatives, analysts, teachers, and advisors did he inspire? For how many Western students did he, over the decades, model sharp intellect and wit along with kindness, understanding, courage, and persistence? We know who we are. Let's raise a toast to Michael Franco, and let's continue to make him proud.
Trude Diamond
Friend
May 16, 2020
One of my favorite teachers at Western High School. I had Mr. Franke for English and although he made you work hard, he also made it fun. I graduated class of 1964. Wonderful man.
Carol Barry
Student
May 16, 2020
Such a great counselor...he was such a great man! Class of 85
May 16, 2020
When someone teaches you to write wellpersonal essays, analytical essays on many
topics, including theme, plot, and character in literaturewhat he's fundamentallyteaching
you is tothinkwell, both critically and creatively.He was a challenging instructor. His
assignments challenged us intellectually, his editorial responses demanding revisions made
us hone our craft as writers and our minds as critical thinkers. He welcomed our literary criticism
arguments that challenged his own. Thus, he prepared us for the challenges of life, as the best
teachers do, and modeled the rules for a well-wrought argument and fair debate.
He strengthened us in ways we wouldn't recognize until years, sometimes decades, later,
whenever we'd challenge ourselves to higher achievement or surprise ourselves with our
strength in speaking truth to power. As he challenged us to write and to think clearly and
creatively, he "wrote upon us" as the best teachers and mentors do, revealing to ourselves the
best and highest use of our gifts. How many creatives, analysts, teachers, and advisors did he
inspire? For how many Western students did he, over the decades, model sharp intellect and
wit along with kindness, understanding, courage, and persistence? We know who we are.
Let&'s raise a toast to Michael Franco, and let's continue to make him proud.
Trude Diamond
Student
May 16, 2020
Many fond memories of Mr. Franko's wit. May he rest in peace and live in the memories of those who loved him.
Susan Buckson , Western '88
Student
May 16, 2020
He was an awesome Counselor. He was like family. This is so shocking. May he rest in peace. Thank you, Mr. Franko, for all you did for me at Western High School.
Karen Harris
Friend
May 16, 2020
Mr. Franko was my English teacher at Western High School in 1966, but he was so much more--a raconteur, an inspiration, a mensch. He truly cared about you, and he made sure you knew it. I am so glad I saw him at our 50th High School reunion in 2017. It was as if no time had passed. He is dearly missed.
Lynne Heneson
Friend
May 16, 2020
One of the most memorable teachers I ever had, truly inspiring. He challenged my mind and inspired my love of reading and writing. God Bless him.
Christine Doyle
Student
May 15, 2020
Mr Franko was a special person in my life. As a peer counselor, I spent many hours in his office and they were some of the most memorable times of my life! His passing is so tragic because his life was so meaningful to so many who knew him. Rest In Peace my friend.
Brigitte Wilson
Student
May 15, 2020
Michael Franko was one of the most inspiring teachers and human beings I have known. Legions of former students felt touched by him. His intellect, kindness and laughter will be missed by so many. Rest in peace to a loved and lovable man.
Susan Amerikaner
Student
May 15, 2020
I am so sorry about Mr. Franko. He was a wonderful person and my counselor at Western High School class of 73. He helped me during my years there and always had a smile and a kind word. He worked with many girls as a counselor at Western and we all loved him !! I am so glad I had a chance to know him. Rest In Peace .
Angela
Student
May 15, 2020
I am so sad about Mr. Franko. He was a wonderful person and counselor to me at Western High School class of 73. I appreciated everything he did . He always had a smile and kind word. He touched many lives at Western hand all of us loved him !!Rest In Peace .
Angela Thomas
Student
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