Consultant paediatrician Chelmsford 1972-95 (b London 21 August 1933; q
University College Hospital, London, 1960), died from prostate cancer on
18 November 2003.
Alan Franklin was an astute clinician whose thorough history taking
led him to develop special interests in food allergy, diet, and behaviour,
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and myalgic encephalomyelitis
(ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). He made a major contribution to
the welfare of young people with ME/CFS through his support for the main
charities in this area, through committee work (he served on the chief
medical officer’s working party), in medical education, and in his willingness
to see young people for second opinions from outside his area.
In talking to colleagues the words "kind," "gentle," "compassionate,"
"wise," and "committed" keep cropping up.
Alan was a committed Christian who spent much of his spare time working
with young people through the Crusaders. An avid steam train enthusiast,
he participated in the rebuilding of the Ffestiniog steam railway in north
Wales, and enjoyed building working models of steam engines. He leaves
a wife, Ursula; three children; and two grandchildren. [Nigel Speight]