It is with great sorrow that we announce that the founding president of the College of New Caledonia has died at age 92.
Wolfgang E. Franke, BA, MSC, died peacefully at home in Toronto of natural causes on November 13. The College flag will be flown at half mast today.
In his youth, Mr. Franke served as a Lieutenant Commander in the German navy and survived four years in a concentration camp, living proof of his oft-quoted adage from Nietzsche, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
He obtained a BA at the University of Toronto, and an MSc in genetics at the University of Ottawa, then began a career as a biology teacher, during which he served as principal in two high schools. Continuing his distringuished academic career, he served as founding president of both Lambton College in Sarnia and the College of New Caledonia.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rose (née Valenti), also a teacher; his daughter Sylvia (Andrew); sons Dean (Susan) and Norman (Carolyn); grandchildren Laura, Xavier, Dix, Egan, Natalie and Nina; and from a previous marriage, his daughter Regina and son Ingo.
The College of New Caledonia sends its warmest sympathies to his family.