Remembering former Executive Director, Captain John Franklin

Captain John Franklin, who passed away last week aged 90, was the Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission for nine years from October 1984 to October 1993.

During Captain Franklin’s time at the Fulbright Commission, he introduced a new class of exchanges called 'Fellowships', between groups of society (such as the police, film producers, and journalists) who would spend three months with their counterparts across the Atlantic.

Another initiative was the promotion of 'Fulbright Colloquia' on different subjects at UK universities, at which US Scholars and Fellows engaged in debate. He was a Chairman of the European Directors' Committee at Fulbright, helping to cement existing relations with European Commissions, but also to found new Commissions in those countries, mainly in Eastern Europe, that had up to that point been outside the Fulbright Programme.

Captain Franklin also organised the 40th anniversary celebration of the US-UK Fulbright Commission in 1988, arranging for Senator J. William Fulbright and his wife Harriet to come to London in celebration. Captain Franklin was a committed, universally liked and respected Executive Director of the Commission, and we remain grateful for his contribution to our continuing success. He is survived by his wife Jane, four children, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and will be dearly missed by all.