Monday, April 18, 2011

In memory of Judy Franklin '68

Many have written me in recent days with the sad news that Judy Franklin, Class of '68, was killed in a car wreck Sunday. From her obituary in the Bryan-College Station Eagle:

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.

Our Jerry Cooper '63, who had known her since their journalism classes at A&M, says, "She was a credit to A&M journalism and will be missed." Others have spoken to me also of her spirit and humor. Our thoughts are with her many friends and family.