I met Frank when we began working at the Department of Health in the 70's. He had a precise logical mind that allowed him to cut through the noise around any legal problem and the ability to explain elegant solutions. He also possessed those "small town values" of honesty, integrity and determination, a determination that bordered on stubbornness in a good way. (I can almost see Lin smiling in agreement at the mention of stubborn.). He was one of the finest lawyers I've ever known, a man of honor, and a good friend.
Lin, you were the love of his life, and Chris and Mike, he was so proud of you and the good men you've become. Please let me quote one of those Irish sayings that he was fond of. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal." And love him we did.
I worked in the State Health Department during Frank's tenure there. Our paths crossed periodically. We were both once called in to a highly respected Deputy Commissioner's office for an assignment. I understood the directive and agreed to immediately start working on it. Frank said the assignment could not be defended. The Deputy ordered us to implement it. Frank repeated it was legally indefensible. The Deputy shouted at us to do what we were told. Frank said the Office of Counsel could not. The Deputy shouted louder. Frank stood his ground. I'll always remember how brave he was in the face of authority. I also remember that I was comforted working with Frank on any project because he knew his subject matter and he was always a straight shooter. Rest in peace Frank.
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