1920 - 2015
South Lyme- Ludwig Mathias Frank, M.D., a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away on May 15, 2015 at the age of 95.
A brilliant reader who had a quick and witty sense of humor, he had among his many interests a love of opera, art, nature, birds, music, books, current events, and politics. A devout Catholic, he attended regular services at Christ The King Catholic Church in Old Lyme. He was also a member of the Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus. As a Boy Scout he achieved Eagle Scout level. As a scout, he cultivated a great love of the outdoors. A faithful fan of UCONN basketball, he rarely missed a Lady Huskies game on TV. He also loved his monthly poker games with “the guys.”
Born in Philadelphia on April 16, 1920 to Ludwig and Eleanor, he graduated from both LaSalle High School and LaSalle College and from there he went on to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. After graduation he completed an internship with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He became the first Psychiatry resident at The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and then joined the staff of The Institute of Living. He then established a private practice in West Hartford and continued to see patients until his death.
He married his first wife, Marie Johnson, in Philadelphia, in 1946 and had 3 children, Ludwig Matthew, Marie Therese, and Mary Ellen. Marie passed away at age 55 in 1977.
Almost 60 years ago he built a home at Hatchetts Point and eventually with his second wife, Hallie Moore, M.D., moved from West Hartford to the South Lyme shore permanently. For the next 36 years they continued to share their love of gardening, bird watching, and simply being outdoors at Hatchetts.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Hallie, his three children, Matt and his wife Betty of Norfolk, VA, Terri Terni of Houston TX, and Mel and Phil Tulin of Estes Park, CO. He leaves grandchildren, Laura and David Hoff and their children, Averie, Alexa and Adley; Elizabeth and Marc Sully and their children, Matthew and RJ; Stephen and Rebecca Terni and their children, Asher, Levi and Ben; and Lisa Dion and her daughter, Avery, and the remaining grandchildren Greg Willsey, Jennifer Frank, and Timothy Frank.
His curiosity about life never waned. He is missed by all of his family, friends and colleagues. When you meet him in heaven, be careful if he asks if you want to play cards. He was winning until the end.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00am in Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling Hours were held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 2:00 until 4:00pm and again from 7:00 until 9:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371.
Obituary courtesy of family members.