Ludwig Mathias Frank
Ludwig Mathias Frank
  • April 16, 1920 - May 15, 2015
  • South Lyme, Connecticut

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South Lyme- Ludwig Mathias Frank, M.D., a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, passed away on May 15, 2015 at the age of 95.
A brilliant reader who had a quick and witty sense of humor, he had among his many interests a love of opera, art, nature, birds, music, books, current events, and politics. A devout Catholic, he attended regular services at Christ The King Catholic Church in Old Lyme. He was also a member of the Men's Club and Knights of Columbus. As a Boy Scout he achieved Eagle Scout level. As a scout, he cultivated a great love of the outdoors. A faithful fan of UCONN basketball, he rarely missed a Lady Huskies game on TV. He also loved his monthly poker games with "the guys."

Born in Philadelphia on April 16, 1920 to Ludwig and Eleanor, he graduated from both LaSalle High School and LaSalle College and from there he went on to the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. After graduation he completed an internship with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He became the first Psychiatry resident at The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and then joined the staff of The Institute of Living. He then established a private practice in West Hartford and continued to see patients until his death.

He married his first wife, Marie Johnson, in Philadelphia, in 1946 and had 3 children, Ludwig Matthew, Marie Therese, and Mary Ellen. Marie passed away at age 55 in 1977.
Almost 60 years ago he built a home at Hatchetts Point and eventually with his second wife, Hallie Moore, M.D., moved from West Hartford to the South Lyme shore permanently. For the next 36 years they continued to share their love of gardening, bird watching, and simply being outdoors at Hatchetts.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Hallie, his three children, Matt and his wife Betty of Norfolk, VA, Terri Terni of Houston TX, and Mel and Phil Tulin of Estes Park, CO. He leaves grandchildren, Laura and David Hoff and their children, Averie, Alexa and Adley; Elizabeth and Marc Sully and their children, Matthew and RJ; Stephen and Rebecca Terni and their children, Asher, Levi and Ben; and Lisa Dion and her daughter, Avery, and the remaining grandchildren Greg Willsey, Jennifer Frank, and Timothy Frank.
His curiosity about life never waned. He is missed by all of his family, friends and colleagues. When you meet him in heaven, be careful if he asks if you want to play cards. He was winning until the end.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 10:00am in Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Calling Hours were held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 2:00 until 4:00pm and again from 7:00 until 9:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, CT 06371.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...

Ludwig Mathias Frank
my father
4/16/20 - 5/15/15
Church of Christ The King, Old Lyme CT
May 23, 2015

Such a somber day and such wonderful memories.

Thank you Hallie for this honor and opportunity to reflect on the life and times of Dad - Lud- Grandpa - PaPa - Great Grandpa

Dad died sooner than we all expected. Sure, he was 95.... Could we all be so lucky??

Ninety-five and sharp as a tack!

We knew that at 95 his days were becoming numbered, but none of us expected his particular number to be up on the day that it happened.

It seemed like it would be another brief hospitalization for a minor "tuneup," and then he would come home, and we would resume our long range plans for his 100th birthday.

But Life and the Lord had other plans.
Thankfully these plans were gentle and painless.

We should all be confident he is in heaven - probably watching to see what I decided to include in his story- and if he has problem with the stories I share, I'm sure he'll tell me later- hopefully much later.

Hallie, Terri, Mel and I took great joy in his 95th Birthday Party last month. Despite his failing vision and hearing, he loved the day trips with us, dining out whenever possible, and the Birthday Party at On The Rocks, during which various family members Face Timed him on an iPad. As you know, he talked about it for days.

He dealt with his vision and hearing loss as best he could. We watched him getting injections into his eyes, fumbling with those diabolically small hearing aid batteries, quitting his ever-present pipe and cigar the day the doctor told him to stop. None of that was easy. Yet rather than withdrawing and complaining about the unfairness