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Frank grew up in Lincolnshire and was educated at De Aston School, Market Rasen, and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After five years' wartime service partly in the Gambia he left the Royal Army Medical Corps in1946 as lieutenant colonel; he was later appointed honorary consultant to the army. The majority of his clinical training was undertaken at the Middlesex Hospital and the Brompton Hospital, and he was subsequently appointed consultant in general and respiratory medicine at both these establishments. He had a happy and fulfilled career until his retirement at the age of 65.
In his early years he wrote extensively on tuberculosis and set up one of the first ward-based respiratory function laboratories at the Middlesex. His opinion was sought daily by his colleagues; his highly regarded clinical acumen was based on wide experience, extensive knowledge, a sound instinct, and close attention to detail. He did have a mischievous sense of humour, but his gentleness and caring nature ensured that staff and patients felt that he always had time for them; these qualities were to help many patients through lengthy or chronic illnesses. His approach to the training of medical and nursing staff by example as much as by precept earned him great respect and affection.
In later life angina and asthma brought restrictions, which he bore with fortitude and without complaint. Frank's interests included sailing, model engineering, music and gardening, hobbies which he continued to enjoy during his contented retirement. He leaves his devoted wife, Helen, a Middlesex trained nurse whom he married in 1941; two children; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.