August 25, 1946- April 10, 2011
Judy Franklin, 64, died Sunday, April 10, in an automobile accident. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Monday, April 18, at First United Methodist Church in Bryan.
Judy was born in Fort Worth to Ted E. and Wilhelmina Franklin, the fourth of seven children. The family subsequently moved to Bryan where Judy grew up and graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1964.
Judy was in the first class of women admitted to Texas A&M and graduated in 1968, majoring in journalism. While at A&M she was editor of the A&M Review. For this and many subsequent activities her department later named her an Outstanding Journalism Graduate. Judy went on Iowa State University, earning a master's degree in journalism in 1970. She also earned an MBA at the University of Houston in 1984.
Judy had a long and illustrious career, both in development and journalism. In addition to working with Harvard and the Texas A&M Health Science Center in development, her experiences also included teaching English at the University of Tehran until the onset of the Islamic Revolution forced her students to shelter her safely off campus.
Judy was an Aggie to the core, proudly representing A&M in everything she did, including being a past president of the Houston A&M Club. She moved back to College Station in 2000 and was working with Texas AgriLife Communications Department at the time of her death.
Judy lived giving of herself to her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by the residents and staff at Crestview where she spent most evenings with her father. She will be missed by many friends, coworkers and most of all, her family who depended greatly upon her to keep open lines of communication, foster relationships and nurture each of us in her own unique and selfless way.
Judy was preceded in death by her mother "Willie", in 1984; and her sister, Martha, in 1996.
She is survived by her niece and nephew, Jon and Daphna Ausburn, who were her children. She is also survived by her father, Ted Franklin, DVM; sisters, MaryAnne Franklin of Santa Fe, N.M., Betty Harrelson and husband, Bruce, of Erie Colo., and Janis Franklin of Bremond; brothers, John Franklin and wife, Sharon, of Lynchburg, Va., and Joe Franklin and wife Cheryl, of College Station. She also survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom she most deeply loved, Lisa Southworth, Jill Snyder, Josh Campbell, Eric Fraim, Luke and Walter Witosky, and Cody and Hannah Franklin.
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Published by The Bryan-College Station Eagle from Apr. 13 to Apr. 18, 2011.