Margaret Franck, 68, account aide

Margaret J. Franck
Margaret J. Franck
Posted: September 18, 2012

Margaret J. Franck, 68, of Ardmore, a nursing teacher and administrator who was an account manager at McKesson Corp. in Mount Laurel from 1997 to 2006, died of cancer on Sunday, Sept. 2, at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

She traveled for McKesson to England several times and in 1998 to Hong Kong to demonstrate medical software to health professionals, her husband, Richard G. Bickel, director of planning for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, said.

"I met the four or five people in her group, a team that did demos all over," Bickel said, even in Canada's Yukon Territory. "They called her and her girlfriends the Demo Dollies."

After she retired, Ms. Franck worked two days a week until recently at Penn Travel Medicine in Radnor where, Bickel said, "she was giving vaccines" to folks heading for countries with health problems.

Born in Lancaster, Ms. Franck graduated from Hempfield High School in Landisville in 1961 and received a diploma at the former Presbyterian School of Nursing in Philadelphia in 1964.

She earned a bachelor's in 1967 and a master's in 1980, both in nursing and both at the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1964 to 1980, Ms. Franck worked at what is now the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia.

At that hospital, her husband said, she managed nursing for the 40-bed medical-surgical unit, cared for patients in pharmaceutical research studies, and taught at its school of nursing.

From 1982 to 1985 she was manager of nursing-staff development at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, he said, and from 1985 to 1990 she was a senior marketing support specialist for Unisys Healthcare Systems.

For the Alumni Association of the Presbyterian School of Nursing, she held several offices over the years, most recently as president from 2009 to 2011.

For that group, Bickel said, "she knocked herself out."

Besides her husband, Ms. Franck is survived by sisters Susanne Hershey, Barbara Eshelman, and Mary Ellen Herbster.

A memorial service was set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the chapel of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr.

Contact Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or

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