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Dr. Frank Tompkins Melton

May 9, 1939November 3, 2019

Dr. Frank T. Melton passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Well Spring Retirement Community. Frank was the son of Martha Tompkins and John Theodore Melton of Columbia, South Carolina. He was educated in the Columbia schools and received his B.A. from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He received his Master’s from Vanderbilt University and his Doctorate from The University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was awarded Fulbright Fellowships to study and do research in England for two years. In 1967, he joined UNCG’s History Department faculty as a historian of early modern England. His area of historical research focused on early banking in England, which was the topic of his dissertation and his book, Sir Robert Clayton and the Origins of English Deposit Banking, 1658 – 1685, published in 1986 by Cambridge University Press. The book is a definitive study of Clayton, based on personal papers spanning his long career. Melton’s cataloguing of the papers, dispersed after Clayton’s death into 34 separate archival repositories, was a major feat in historical research. During his teaching career, he taught courses in European history and early English history until retiring from UNCG in 2009. He is also remembered fondly by faculty across the campus for the dinner parties he delighted in hosting at his home. Frank is survived by his brothers, John .T. Melton of Greensboro and Tommy Melton of Charleston. The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers of Well Spring Skilled Nursing. Memorials may be made to the Well Spring Foundation, 4100 Well Spring Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 or the charity of your choice. Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the family and online condolences may be offered at www.haneslineberryfhnorthelm.com.


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ginny dubose tuller

November 9, 2019

john and tommy

we were so sorry about frank. columbia has missed you melton boys! love to both of you

Anita (Law) Beaty

November 9, 2019

Frank was a delightful and brilliant man. Growing up in the same neighborhood in Columbia gave many of us opportunities to get together, play cards, and charades. The entire neighborhood was full of children who grew up together, A.C. Moore, Hand Jr. High, and Columbia High School. Frank was a star and loads of fun. Love to John and Tommy who will surely miss him. Those were the days.
What a noteworthy life, full of friends and colleagues, as well as students who were lucky to have had the opportunity to share some of his life. Anita Law Beaty

Margaret Hane

November 8, 2019

John and Tommy, I am so sorry to learn of Frank’s death. I remember him fondly and our grandmother loved talking to him on Crestwood Ave. Sending love to you.
Margaret Bell Hane

Stephen Catlett

November 8, 2019

Frank's passing was sad news for me. He was a wonderful professor and I, fortunately, was his research assistant in the History Dept. at UNCG in 1974-75. He was working on his Robert Clayton book and had me transcribing 17th-century letters for him, in fact, he taught me how to do it, the nomenclature, reading old handwriting, etc. etc. It was an amazing experience and showed me how I could use such skills professionally. After getting my Library degree at UNC, I spent 34 years as a manuscripts librarian & archivist, in Philadelphia and Greensboro. We continued our friendship over the decades. I will always remember him as my biggest booster and kind mentor. God speed, Frank. J. Stephen Catlett, Columbia, SC

Helen Foley

November 8, 2019

Tommy, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and my prayers. "Patty"