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Franklyn Joseph Carr ’62

Published in Mar. 21, 2007, issue

Franklyn Carr died March 16, 2003, in North Palm Beach, Fla., soon after a late diagnosis of colon cancer.

A memorable presence, Franklyn came to Princeton from Eastern High in Anchorage, Ky., ate at Campus Club, and majored in English. Starring roles with the Savoyards and Theatre Intime preceded earning an MFA from Yale. He quickly moved from the theater to the corporate audio-visual world. He produced industrial films at GE and spent most of his career with railroads in Cleveland and then Baltimore, where he also worked for CSX Corp. He won major awards for non-theatrical films and design and created Chessie Systems' "C" logo. He was also curator of the B&O museum, an interior designer, and a copyrighted composer.

Franklyn tried to overcome depression through an energetic life and a continuing interest in theater, abstaining from alcohol. He had two daughters (who both earned doctorates and were university professors) from his first marriage to Lynda Elliott that lasted 24 years. On his own he overcame a lapse into alcohol abuse, married Mary Ann Martin, and helped others who suffered from the same illnesses as he. The class extends condolences to Mary Ann and his daughters, Ashley and Summerson, who say Princeton was one constant in his life.

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