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Carol L. Frank, therapist and gardener, dies

Carol L. Frank enjoyed gardening, and her garden was on the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage.
Carol L. Frank enjoyed gardening, and her garden was on the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage. (Handout)

Carol L. Frank, a therapist who was also a noted gardener, died Thursday from complications of dementia at Roland Park Place. She was 94.

The former Carol Minnette Landau was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was the daughter of Herman Landau, a Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. salesman, and Lillian Landau, a homemaker.

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After graduating from high school in Wilkes-Barre, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1945 from Goucher College.

She married Samuel L. Frank that same year. He became owner of A. Frank & Sons, which made linings and pocketing for men’s and women’s clothing. He died in 2013.

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In 1965, Mrs. Frank was appointed the first director of the Women’s Job Corps of Baltimore, a position she held for four years. She then obtained a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

From 1970 until 1985, she was employed as an adult therapist at Jewish Family Services in Baltimore. She also maintained a private practice for 14 years at her Mount Washington home.

Mrs. Frank’s garden was featured in local and national home and garden publications, family members said. In a 1990 interview, when her garden was on the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, Mrs. Frank told The Baltimore Sun’s garden critic Amalie Adler Ascher: “I want to be in my garden all year ‘round. When it starts, it explodes.”

She even explained that she liked weeding.

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“”There’s something mindless and very relaxing about weeding,” she said. “I do a lot of planning when I weed, moving plants around in my mind, visualizing what would go with this, what with that.”

Mrs. Frank also liked to travel, and was an accomplished cook who enjoyed preparing French dishes.

She was a longtime member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Plans for a memorial service to be held at Roland Park Place are incomplete.

Mrs. Frank is survived by two sons, Russell Frank of Baltimore and Henry Lewis Frank of Chicago; a daughter, Constance Frank of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

--Frederick N. Rasmussen

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