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Dr. John Howard Franz, 86, hospital radiology chief


Dr. John Howard Franz, a former chief of radiology at Maryland General Hospital, died of prostate cancer Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The Kingsville resident was 86.

Dr. Franz was born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton. He was a 1934 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in 1938 from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1942 and completed a residency in radiology. During World War II, he was a Navy radiologist stationed at Norfolk, Va.

Dr. Franz began his career at Maryland General in Baltimore in 1945 and retired as chief of the radiology department in 1972. He also practiced at Bon Secours, South Baltimore General and North Charles General hospitals. He also maintained a private practice in Baltimore and Bel Air until 1982.

He was a charter member of the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company and the Maryland Golf and Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing. He had also served on the board of the old Jacob Weissner orphanage in Hamilton. He was a Mason and a member of the Kingsville Rotary Club.

For years, Dr. Franz was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Hamilton, where he also sang in the choir. He was most recently a member of Waugh United Methodist Church in Long Green.

Since 1997, Dr. Franz and his wife of 61 years, the former Charlotte Sue Barkdoll, had lived at the Glen Meadows retirement community in Glen Arm, where services were held Saturday.

Besides his wife, Dr. Franz is survived by a son, John H. Franz Jr. of Kingsville; three daughters, Emily Clarke and Julia Brown, both of Kingsville, and Sarah Hutchin of Brandywine, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Ann Franz Matukaitis, died in 1993.

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