Douglas W. Franchot Jr., a retired lawyer and father of Maryland Comptroller Peter W. Franchot, died Thursday morning of cardiovascular failure at his Riderwood Village retirement community home in Silver Spring.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that my father, Douglas Franchot, died peacefully this morning at the age of 97,” the comptroller wrote on Facebook. “I’m grateful and relieved that he was alert, in good spirits, and free of pain in the days leading up to his death.”
He described his father as being “an exceptionally loving and supportive father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.”
Douglas Warner Franchot Jr., the son of Douglas W. Franchot Sr. and his wife, Constance Lippincott Franchot, was born in Tulsa, Okla.
After the death of his father in 1928, Mr. Franchot’s mother married, moved to Baltimore and married Englishman Capt. Harold Money, a well-known marksman.
He was married in 1944 to the former Janet “Jenny” Kerr, and moved with his wife and then two young sons to Providence, R.I., where he began his law career.
In 1962, Mr. Franchot moved to Grosse Point, Mich., when he joined Ford Motor Co., where he handled legal matters for its tractor division. After moving to New York in 1966, he became vice president and general counsel for Bristol-Myers Co., and was also vice president for development of the Drackett Co.
Mr. Franchot and his first wife were divorced in 1972.
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He was named general counsel of Republic Steel Co. in 1975 in Cleveland, a position he held for a decade, until being appointed general counsel of University Hospitals, also in Cleveland, from which he retired in 1998.
“For all of his accomplishments, I still shake my head in wonder, that right up to the end, he was preoccupied with the future,” Mr. Franchot wrote on Facebook of his father. “We would spend hours discussing the disruptive industries that are changing the American economy, political trends across the world , and the possibility of scientific innovations that could make life better tomorrow than it is today.”
In addition to Mr. Franchot, who lives in Takoma Park, the elder Franchot is survived by two other sons, Douglas W. Franchot III of International Falls, Minn., and Michael L. Franchot of Atlanta; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter, Jenny Franchot, died in 1998.