Frank L. Call II, MD

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

Frank Lloyd Call, II, 85, of Richmond, Va., passed away Sunday, October 9, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Lloyd Call and Ruth Davidson Call; his brother, Joseph Hugh Call; and his granddaughter, Maria Alexandra Call. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Susan Stokes Call; his children, Beverley Call Davis (Rufus), Frank Lloyd Call III (Michelle) and Timothy Colin Call (Chris). He was Big Daddy to his grandchildren, Camilla, Connor and Frederic Davis, Caitlin and Michael Call and Colin and Tucker Call. He is also survived by his brother, William Davidson Call (Parker); brother-in-law, Thomas Dudley Stokes (Carol); sister-in-law, Sara Lecky Call; and nephews and nieces, Joe Call Jr. and Cathy Call Boykin, Dave Call II, Hunter Stokes and Anne Stokes Bowman; in addition to many great-nephews and great-nieces.

Frank was born October 10, 1936 in Roanoke, Virginia. He was raised in Richmond and attended Albert Hill Junior High School and Thomas Jefferson High School, where he played football, basketball and track, and held school records in shot put and discus. He earned an athletic scholarship to The University of Virginia and was football co-captain. He majored in History and was elected Phi Beta Kappa, was president of the College and chairman of the Honor Committee. His memberships included the Raven Society, Z Society, 13-Society, DKE, ODK and T.I.L.K.A.

He attended UVA Medical School, where he was first in class each year and was elected Alpha Omega Alpha. He was the 1963 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipient. While a medical student, he found time to work as an instructor in Anatomy. At the University of Pennsylvania, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency followed by Hematology Fellowship. During these six years, he served as an active Army Reserves officer at the 361 General Hospital. He began his academic career at SUNY Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., before returning to Richmond in 1976 to establish a private practice in hematology and oncology.

Frank was a lifelong gardener and did his best to gently relocate an endless supply of squirrels to the parks across the Huguenot Bridge. In retirement, he enjoyed polar bear swimming and developed a passion for family genealogy, which involved many trips with Susan to investigate ancestral roots. He loved being a doctor, loved people, worked amazingly hard and despite all his achievements, remained humble and kind. Throughout his life, he carried no grudges and always saw the best in people.