CHARLES L. FRANKLIN Jr.

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FRANKLIN Dr. CHARLES LIONEL FRANKLIN, JR. "Chuck" Dr. Charles "Chuck" Lionel Franklin, Jr. was born to the late Madeline DeLoach Franklin and Dr. Charles L. Franklin, Sr. in Washington, DC on April 5, 1946. After an extended illness, Charles departed to his eternal reward on June 2, 2014. Dr. Franklin was the husband of the Honorable Alexis M. Herman, 23rd Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor. Dr. Franklin attended McKinley High School where he became an officer in the ROTC and was a member of the student government leadership team. He matriculated at Howard University in 1963 and received a Bachelor's of Science Degree from his beloved Alma Mater in 1967. Chuck was a devoted alumnus of Howard University and was elected Student Body President in the late 1960s. While at Howard, Chuck was actively involved in student government activities. Additionally, because of his commitment and advocacy on behalf of black college football at Howard, he was named by the Washington Post as the #1 promoter of the Howard University athletic department and in particular, the Bison. After undergraduate school, Chuck continued his education at Howard earning a medical degree in 1971. From 1971-1974, he served an internship in Internal Medicine and his medical residency in the U. S. Coast Guard's (USCG) Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, NY. He completed his residency with the USCG in the outpatient clinic in Washington, DC where he achieved a final rank of Senior Assistant Surgeon. This service was followed by a residency at Howard University in obstetrics and gynecology from 1974-1975 and a Family Practice Fellowship at Howard from 1975-1976. From 1975-1976, Dr. Franklin worked as Employee Health Physician and Emergency Room Medical Officer at Howard. In June of 1976, Dr. Franklin opened his Family Medicine practice in Silver Spring, Maryland with medical privileges at Howard University Hospital, Montgomery General, Holy Cross Hospital and Washington Adventist Hospital where he served on the Board, as Acting Chair of the Family Practice Department. He also served on the Medical Records Committee at Howard University Hospital. Dr. Franklin practiced medicine for 35 years. He was a passionate patient advocate and continued to make house calls for elderly patients, even in the age of managed care. Dr. Franklin was a dedicated member of the Boule brotherhood, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the D.C. Medical Society for which he served on the Legislative Committee. His Alpha Phi Alpha line brothers remained life-long friends. Dr. Charles Lionel Franklin will be sorely missed and forever loved. Left to mourn his loss are his loving and devoted wife, The Honorable Alexis Herman Franklin; two daughters, Sharath Franklin Smith (Jeffery) and Michelle Franklin; one son, Charles J. Franklin; two grandchildren, Brian and David Smith; two sisters, Dr. Dolores Mercedes Franklin and Estelle Diane Franklin, Esq.; a niece, Lynette Franklin; brothers-in-law, James Bernard Broadus and Kirk Herman; godchildren, Kaelan Laurence, Geonard Butler, and Brianna Lane; a devoted friend, Geonard Butler, Jr. and a host of other family and friends. Monday, June 9, 2014 - Service details for Dr. Charles L. Franklin 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Viewing Dunbarton Chapel Howard University Law School, 2900 Van Ness St, NW, Washington, DC 20008 11 a.m. Service Dunbarton Chapel Howard University Law School, 2900 Van Ness St, NW Washington, DC 20008 Interment Rock Creek Cemetery, 201 Allison St, NW Washington, DC 20011 Repast Armour J. Blackburn University Center East Ballroom, 2397 Sixth St., NW Washington, DC 20059 In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 2651 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN 55113. Their phone number is 651-628-9090.In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 2651 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN 55113. Their phone number is 651-628-9090.

Published in The Washington Post from June 6 to June 8, 2014