Bernard Franklin, 90, contracting firm official

March 16, 2002

Bernard Franklin, a retired official of a general contracting firm, died Monday of respiratory illness at Northwest Hospital Center. He was 90 and lived in Woodlawn.

Mr. Franklin retired in 1981 as a vice president of Baltimore Contractors, where he worked his way up from a field office clerk.

"He was conscientious, loyal and an expert in his field," said Virginia Lambrow, a retired Baltimore Contractors vice president. "All who knew Bernie respected him for integrity and his willingness to be of help."

Born Bernard Finkelstein in Baltimore and raised on Caroline Street and later in Pimlico, he was a 1931 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. He was awarded a scholarship to the Johns Hopkins University but withdrew during the Depression. He later received a finance and accounting degree from Baltimore College of Commerce.

During World War II, Mr. Franklin served in the Army Signal Corps. He was discharged with the rank of master sergeant.

Mr. Franklin enjoyed semiclassical music and read news publications.

Services were held Thursday at Sol Levinson and Bros.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, the former Ethel Burk, and nieces and nephews.

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