Franklin D. Green Sr., 62, Lawyer

Posted: July 19, 1995

Franklin Delano Green Sr., 62, a lawyer, died Friday from complications of emphysema at his home in Mount Airy.

Mr. Green began working as an attorney for the late Cecil B. Moore in 1969. He later became a partner in the Center City law firm of Moore, Green, Heinz & Smith, specializing in criminal defense law. After Moore's death in 1979, Mr. Green maintained a private practice in Center City. When he became ill about three years ago, he entered semi-retirement.

Born in Staunton, Va., Mr. Green was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School there. He received a bachelor's degree in government and economics at Howard University in 1959 and his law degree in 1963.

He then moved to Philadelphia and became one of the first African Americans employed by the U.S. Labor Department, as an inspector for the Wage-Hour and Public Contracts Division.

Mr. Green loved baseball; the Dodgers were his favorite team. The son of an Army captain during World War I, he also had a great interest in military history, particularly World War II. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Green was a member of the Barristers Association of Philadelphia, the National and the Philadelphia Bar Associations, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

Mr. Green also was a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lomax Green; a son, Franklin Jr.; and a brother.

A viewing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by a funeral service at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, Stenton Avenue and Gorgas Lane, in Mount Airy. Burial will be at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Mount Airy.

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