Franklin Bache Molin

February 26, 1962September 29, 2015

Franklin Bache Molin died at home in Arlington on September 29, 2015, after a long illness. Molin, born February 26, 1962, in Lynchburg, Virginia, attended Washington-Lee and H-B Woodlawn High Schools (class of 1980) in Arlington before graduating from Amherst College in 1986 and George Mason University School of Law in 1992. He practiced law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for many years before returning to Arlington several years before his death. At Washington-Lee, Molin was a member of both the varsity football and gymnastics teams. He also attained Eagle Scout status as a member of Boy Scout Troop 648 in Arlington. Molin was nationally known for his expertise in intellectual property law. In Pittsburgh, he was a partner at K&L Gates LLP, one of the nation’s largest law firms, where he handled the accounts of many major national corporations. He also taught intellectual property law at Duquesne University School of Law and published numerous articles in law journals. Before turning to law, Molin was an active participant in Washington DC’s punk rock music scene in the early 1980s. He helped make H-B Woodlawn an important site for punk shows and later played drums for Iron Cross and guitar for Thorns, both local bands. He also played guitar for several years for Bomb, a San Francisco psychedelic punk rock band. Molin is survived by his widow Elizabeth Barr Molin and his three children Benjamin Franklin Molin, Louisa Elizabeth Molin, and Caroline Bache Molin; his mother and stepfather, Ann C. and Jackson C. Boswell, of Arlington; his brothers Karl T. Molin, Peter C. Molin, and John B. Molin; and a half-brother, Jason E. Molin. Molin was preceded in death by his father, Sven Eric Molin. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 10, at 2pm at Murphy’s Funeral Home in Arlington. Donations in Molin’s name can be made to Amherst College, George Mason University School of Law, and the Harvard College Parents Fund.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Paul Grachow

December 1, 2015

I am so sorry to just hear about Franklin's passing. My condolences to all his family. I knew him from the 1960's when we all lived on Granada Street in Arlington. We later hung out with his band, Thorns, and Frank was great on guitar. He was truly a wonderful guy.

Janet wahl

October 26, 2015

Franklin was a great guy that I went to school with. He was always sweet and kind and a wonderful person. RIP Franklin. My condolences to your family and friends. It was a great privilege to have known you.

October 15, 2015

Frank was a bright light. A great teammate, a smart and entertaining classmate, and a calming soul. Many shared conversations about sports and life. Prayers to his family and co-workers.

Sara Houk

October 13, 2015

Franklin was a kind person and will be greatly missed. He was a joy to work with. My thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to his family.

George Erichsen

October 13, 2015

Frank was a great kid, we became eagle scouts together (Troop 648), got our names painted on the ole red/white/blue bus, shared many a tent on Assateague Island and at scout camp at Goshen and Rock Enon. He was a fellow Arlington Forester "romer". Smary, serious, and funny. His spirit and memory will carry on. My deepest condolences

Cindy (Titus) Greenspan

October 9, 2015

My condolences to the family. I remember Franklin from elementary school at Barrett. He was a nice kid and an interesting guy. I can see him in his Boy Scout uniform, my brother was in the troop too. I can see him roaming the streets in Arlington Forest, maybe on a bike. We hung with different groups as we hit adolescence. It's shocking to lose someone who is the same age.

October 9, 2015

So sorry to hear of this news. I remember Frank well. A soft spoken, kind and focused young man at Washington and Lee High. May he rest eternally in peace and love on the other side.

Phoebe Vernier Cáceres

Mitra Eskandari-Azari

October 8, 2015

Franklin was a wonderful mentor and friend. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to learn from him and work with him. He will be truly missed.


October 8, 2015

My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family, this is a difficult
time for you but the love of God and family will always be there
May you find peace as you recover from your loss, Php 4:6,7.

October 6, 2015

So many memories over the years. Franklin will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Anne Hancock