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University Mourns Death of Professor Alan Franklin

Trent University is mourning the passing of Mr. Alan Franklin, Associate Professor of French at the University from 1968 to 1994.

Prof. Franklin passed away on January 11 at the age of 70 after a courageous 10-month battle with cancer. Husband to Eva Helen, of Bridgenorth, and devoted father to Nicholas (deceased), Kirsten of Lakefield and Charles of Waterloo, Belgium, grandfather to Per and Solveig, father-in-law to Marit and brother to Margaret of Goring-By-Sea, England, Prof. Franklin was born on June 8, 1934 in Birmingham, England.

He worked as a Russian translator for his military service in the Cold War and attended Cambridge University (MA), University of Toronto (MA) and University of Montpellier, France (DEA). He acquired a working fluency of seven European languages. Prof. Franklin emigrated to Canada in 1960 and taught French and coached tennis, squash and rugby at Trinity College School in Port Hope, until 1968.

At Trent, Prof. Franklin served as the Chairman of the French Section of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 1989 to 1992. He also helped to create the University's Language Lab and the Year Abroad Program with the University of Nantes, in France. He had a lifelong love of teaching, learning and language.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Posted January 14, 2005

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