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Council names two people to city’s Wall of Honor
Fredericksburg City Council on Tuesday honored the late Dr. T. Stacy Lloyd Jr., and the late Butler–Brayne Franklin, a local activist, by adding their names to the city’s Wall of Honor.
The Wall of Honor, located in the Council Chambers of City Hall, was established in 2000 to honor people who made significant contributions to the Fredericksburg community in their lifetime. Individuals cannot be considered for inclusion until at least one year after their death.
Fredericksburg City Council approved the nominations of Lloyd and Franklin in October.
The pair were honored as the 2013 additions to the wall during Tuesday’s council meeting, bringing the total number of people honored to 52.
People can nominate candidates for recognition to City Council Clerk Tonya Lacey.
Lloyd’s widow, Marilyn Lloyd, and some of his children and grandchildren attended the unveiling of his name on the wall on Tuesday. One of Franklin’s daughters still lives in the area but was not present.
Marilyn Lloyd thanked the council for recognizing her husband’s contribution to the community, saying that “he adored the city of Fredericksburg.”
THOMAS STACY LLOYD JR.
Dr. Thomas Stacy Lloyd Jr., who died in 2010 at the age of 84, was an obstetrician who delivered more than 8,000 babies in Fredericksburg during his half-century career.
In the medical arena, he also served as president of the Fredericksburg Area Medical Society, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mary Washington Hospital, medical adviser to the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, and on the medical malpractice review panels for the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Lloyd moved to Fredericksburg in 1954 and was active in civic affairs, serving on City Council for 18 years, first from 1966 to 1978 and then again from 1982 to 1988. He served on the council’s education committee, seeking to improve local education, and on the public interest committee, which dealt with issues such as busing and annexation.
Lloyd was also instrumental in creating the Wall of Honor during his service on the city’s Memorials Advisory Commission, a group also responsible for naming several city streets.
Lloyd served for six years on the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors and two years as president.
The application for Lloyd’s recognition, submitted by Memorials Advisory Commission member Nancy Moore, noted that “his lively wit helped promote a sense of camaraderie among council members” as they worked through “thorny” issues.
Butler–Brayne Thornton Robinson Franklin died in 2003 at age 104 after a life of worldwide travel, activism for women’s rights, and an appreciation for Fredericksburg history.
Though born in Nebraska, Franklin had deep roots in Fredericksburg and spent much of her life at Fall Hill, the Georgian estate overlooking the Rappahannock River built by her family in 1736.
She and her husband, Lynn Franklin, retired to Fall Hill in 1949, after his 25-year career in the American foreign service.
Preserving the 135-acre property was possibly Franklin’s “greatest single feat as a preservationist,” Memorials Advisory Commission member James M. Pates wrote in nominating her for the Wall of Honor.
Through her efforts, the house was designated a state historic landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.
She later sold 44 acres of the property to the city and the Fredericksburg–Stafford Park Authority, which became Old Mill Park.
Franklin also was among the founding directors of Historic Fredericksburg Inc., which was the precursor to the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation.
After her husband’s death, Franklin, who had four children, devoted herself to women’s rights efforts, succeeding in obtaining pensions for the widows of foreign service officers.
She also worked with Dr. Alice Paul and the National Women’s Party to gain full civil rights for women and was part of the unsuccessful 1970s effort to establish the Equal Rights Amendment.
Franklin was also known for her ability to weave a story for visitors to the family estate and with her long life, experience in foreign lands, and civic activism was “one of Fredericksburg’s most interesting characters,” Pates said Tuesday.
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