The Rev. Kenneth Roderick Franklin, Class of 1959, of Warwick, Rhode Island died on March 20 at Phillip Hulitar Hospice Center. He was 81. Franklin was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1932, the only son of Rachel and Ellis Franklin. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Birmingham Southern College. After service in the army, he earned two graduate degrees in theology from The General Theological Seminary. He was ordained a deacon in 1959 and a priest the following year.
Franklin served Episcopal parishes in Alabama and Connecticut before being called as rector to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Warwick. He served faithfully for 33 years, retiring in 2001 at which time he was named Rector Emeritus.
Franklin was predeceased by his wife, Diane Lyn Franklin, whom he married in 1981, and his son, Kenneth Reeder Franklin. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Franklin Keeler of Great Falls, Virginia, her husband Michael and their three children: Jack, Jamie, and Elizabeth Lee. He is also survived by his wife's brother, Gordon Young of Springfield, Massachusetts, his wife Elizabeth, and their two daughters Heidi and Karen. A celebration of Franklin's life was held on March 29 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Warwick. A private committal was held in Swansea, Massachusetts.