Franklin Coleman Obituary

August 15, 2012

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SOUTH READING — Funeral services will be private for Franklin “Web” Coleman, 95, who passed away peacefully on August 9, 2012.
He was born in Cambridge, MA in 1917. He attended Cambridge Latin School and graduated from Harvard in 1938 where he was a varsity swimmer.
He served in WWII as an ambulance driver for the American Field Service. He spent many years working as a Management and Benefits Consultant with Towers Perrin, Tillinghast Nelson and Warren, Hansen Consulting Actuaries, Hewitt and his own independent communications practice. He taught mathematics, advertising, management and communications.
He was married to the late Barbara Smith Coleman and together worked at the foundation she started, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, DC. Smith Center offers retreats and support for cancer patients. Web was passionate about its mission, programs and helping people living with cancer.
Web was also married to the late Mary Nicholson Coleman for twenty-seven years and together they enjoyed competitive trail riding, sailing, skiing and life in the mountains of Vermont. He was active in the Green Mountain Horse Association and with Mary won many trail riding trophies and traveled many states with their horses.
Web is survived by his daughter Coral and her husband Charles Kirker of Milton, VT, their daughter Kelsey, and a network of extended family and friends.
Web enjoyed trail riding with his horses Mimbo and Arabel, sailing his boat, the Pelican, and swimming wherever possible. He was an enthusiastic traveler of the world and a lover of nature and the outdoors. He was an avid reader and strong supporter of poetry, which he continued to teach well into his eighties.
Memorial donations may be made to Smith Center for Healing and the Arts (
Remembrances may be offered at
The family conveys its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Woodstock Terrace, Woodstock, VT for their extraordinary compassion and care.
This obituary first appeared in the August 16, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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