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Dr. Franklin Mayer Mangrum, 88, of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away Friday, October 4, 2013 in Lexington.
He was born on June 1, 1925 in Graves County, Kentucky. Frank was the oldest son of Louis Varon and Harriet Elizabeth Mayer Mangrum.
Frank was a World War II veteran, having served during the last six months of the European Campaign ending in May 1945. He joined the Army in May 1944 and received an honorable discharge in April 1946.
Frank graduated from Lowes High School, Graves County, KY, 1944; received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1949; and his PhD at the University of Chicago, 1957.
Frank belonged to the American Philosophical Association and the Kentucky Philosophical Association, where he was a founding member and he also, made a number of conference presentations for both organizations. He was also a member of Metaphysical Society of America and National and Kentucky Education Associations. His other memberships consisted of the First Baptist Church, Morehead, KY, transferring his membership to Immanuel Baptist Church, Lexington, KY, until his death; and he was a member of the Morehead Men's Club for over 30 years.
In 1957, Frank began his teaching career at Shimer College in Illinois, and in 1959, he came to Morehead State College to establish a Philosophy Department. Frank was one of the members of the faculty committee which established the Honors Program in 1960. He also, served as a Faculty Advisory to the Philosophy Club.
Frank had the honor of serving as the first Faculty Representative to the MSU Board of Regents. After 36 years as a full-time professor, he retired in 1995. However, he continued to teach part-time at MSU for four years. He ended a 40 year career at MSU in May 1999.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Jessie Graves Mangrum, who passed away in March 1988, one sister, Leona Mangrum Carrico and two brothers, Louis V. Mangrum and James H. Mangrum.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Duggan Mangrum, step children, James Randall (Shannah) Click of Lexington and Amanda Click Pittman of Georgetown, step grandchildren, Kyla, Logan, Hailey and Aiden Click; and Aubrey Pittman, Nancy's shih tzu, his best friend, Lucy Lou, one sister, Glenda Mangrum (Gene) Puckett of Mayfield, KY, one brother, Curtis R. (Diana) Mangrum of Lombard, IL, sisters-in-law, Mary Duggan of Dunwoody, GA and Nancy Miller Mangrum of Crystal Lake, IL and several nieces and nephews.
Frank was a kind and generous man to all who knew him, but especially to his wife and family, who he loved above all else.
He was known by everyone as a true gentleman.
Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in the chapel of the Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home with Rev. Don Mantooth officiating.
Private burial will be in the Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens in St. Louis, Missouri.
Visitation is after 5:00 P.M. Tuesday.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. George Luckey, Dr. David Saxon, Dr. Gene Duncan, Dr. Nelson Grote, Michael McGuire and John Collis.
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