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October 29, 1998

R. C. Franklin, 80, official at Hopkins evening school

Richard C. Franklin, retired director of the arts and sciences division of the Johns Hopkins Evening College, died yesterday of milodysplastic syndrome at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. The North Baltimore resident was 80.

Mr. Franklin worked at the college from the early 1970s until he retired in 1975. In retirement, the Civil War buff wrote poetry and regularly wrote letters to local newspapers.

The native of Bowersville, Ohio, earned a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1939, a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University in 1948 and a doctorate in social psychology from Columbia University in 1955.

A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he held professorships at West Virginia and Southern Illinois universities before going to Hopkins.

Mr. Franklin, who recently finished a book of short stories, wrote a collection of poems, "Comeback City, A Baltimore Experience," in 1982.

A memorial service will be held at 2: 30 p.m. Saturday at First Unitarian Church, Charles and Franklin streets.

He is survived by his wife, the former Paula Anne Fowler, whom he married in 1950; two sons, Edward Franklin of Medford, Ore., and Timothy Franklin of Terre Haute, Ind.; a daughter, Jan BenDor of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a sister, Dorothy Stasikewich of Princeton, N.J.; and five grandchildren. Marie A. Praley, a homemaker and lifelong Glen Burnie resident, died Sunday of complications of a stroke at North Arundel Hospital. She was 77.

Miss Praley was born and lived her entire life on the family farm on Oakwood Road. She enjoyed gardening and crossword puzzles, and was an avid fan of the Orioles.

She was a longtime member of St. Bernadette Roman Catholic Church, 801 Stevenson Road in Severn, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

She is survived by four brothers, Edward Praley, Albert Praley and John Praley, all of Glen Burnie, and Frank Praley Jr. of Hanover; and three sisters, Dolores Graham of Glen Burnie, Anna Bender of Slidell, La., and Barbara Ganley of Millersville.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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