Dr William Frankland 1912 – 2020

We are deeply saddened by the death this week of Dr Bill Frankland – a private resident here in the care home at the Charterhouse for the last two years.

Dr Bill, as we knew him, was an extraordinary man, highly revered and admired by the medical world and beyond for his pioneering working in allergies and immunology.  Extraordinary also that he had just celebrated his 108th birthday! Right up until recently he was still writing academic papers, and was still frequently being interviewed by national and international media wanting to tap into his exceptional knowledge and expertise.  He was also often asked for the secret of his longevity to which he always responded that it was his work, and an active and enquiring mind that kept him alert and alive.

Despite being a little frail, Dr Bill was an active participant in activities here at the Charterhouse, regularly eating in the Great Hall with the Brothers, and joining in Dancercise every week. He always had a story to tell – whether about his time at Oxford, in the war, or at St Mary’s Hospital College, now part of Imperial – many of which were gripping and fascinating.

Ann Kenrick, the Master of the Charterhouse, adds: “We are very proud to have been able to care for this eminent man and to make a comfortable home for him in the QEII Infirmary here at the Charterhouse.  We send his family and friends our sincerest condolences.  The staff, Brothers and volunteers will all miss him very much.”

(The photo shows Dr Bill admiring a bottle of the beer brewed especially for him by his old Oxford college)

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