Dr. Frank M. Townsend, former chairman of the pathology department from 1972 to 1986, died Oct. 31. He is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, Frank Jr. and Robert; and five grandchildren, Frank III, Bradley, Justin, Courtney and Jeffrey.
A clinical pathologist who appreciated the research activities of his colleagues, Dr. Townsend oversaw development of the department. Under his leadership, the department's staff grew from three faculty members in 1972 to 55 at the time of his retirement in 1986. The pathology department was, and remains, one of the largest research departments at the Health Science Center.
Dr. Townsend received many awards and honors, including the Ward Burdick Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. He also had a long and distinguished military career and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965. His leadership continues to serve as a role model of excellence and achievement.
The University of Texas System is saddened by the loss of Dr. Laura Brooks Flawn, a 1977 graduate of the UTHSC Medical School and daughter of former UT Austin President Peter T. Flawn. Dr. Flawn was born in Austin on March 12, 1953. She was killed on Oct. 20 in a head-on collision on U.S. 290 near Henly, Texas. Dr. Flawn is survived by her father, Peter T. Flawn; and mother, Priscilla Pond Flawn of Austin; sister, Tyrrell E. Flawn and her husband, Dr. John P. Howe III, of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Priscilla Amy Flawn-Chopp; and son, T. Thomas Flawn-Chopp, of Austin. Dr. Flawn graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and three years later earned her medical degree from the Health Science Center, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. Memorial contributions may be made in Dr. Flawn's name to The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, where she contributed to the support of students and to the library. Mail contributions to the UT Marine Science Institute, 750 Channel View Dr., Port Aransas, Texas 78373.