Francis Irving Catlin MD

December 6, 1925February 24, 2014

Francis Irving Catlin, MD, died on Monday, the 24th of February 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Francis and his identical twin brother, Robert, the sons of Robert Irving Catlin and Francis Rose Maleski, were born in Hartford, Connecticut on the 6th of December 1925. In 1943, Fran, as he was known by everyone, entered Princeton University as part of the Class of 47. Due to wartime acceleration he was awarded an AA degree by Princeton and entered into Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1944. He met Rebecca Graham during their student years while she attended the School of Nursing. They were married on the 11th of June 1948, after he was awarded his degree as a Doctor of Medicine.

Fran served his residency of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1955, having been made a fellow at the School of Medicine in 1950. He received his Doctor of Science from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health & Hygiene in 1959.

While in Medical School, Fran also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, being discharged as a Coxswain in 1945. He served as a Captain in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, with active duty in the 1100th Medical Group at Bolling Field Air Force Base in Washington D.C. from 1950 to 1952. He then returned to practice medicine at Johns Hopkins until 1972.

In 1972, Fran and Rebie moved to Houston where Fran became the Chief of Service for the Department of Otolaryngology and the Director of the Department of Speech, Language, and Learning Disorders at the Texas Children’s Hospital. He also was a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. In 1991, he achieved Professor Emeritus status. Over his tenure, Fran received numerous awards and fellowships and was considered a leader in the field of pediatric otolaryngology.

Fran was very active at St. Francis Episcopal Church where he was a member of the choir and several study groups. He moved to the Buckingham after the passing of his wife of 60 years and became a strong member of the community there. His favorite activities were music, reading, and the Arts. His greatest love was his family and he had an overall passion for life.

He is survived by his sons, Robert and wife Pamela; and Andrew and wife Irene, both of Maryland; his daughter, Martha White and husband Craig of Fort Worth. He is also survived by two grandchildren; and by his brother, Robert and wife Winifred.

A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning on Friday, the 14th of March, at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point Road in Houston, where the Rev. Stuart Bates, Rector, is to officiate.

Immediately following all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Wheatcroft Parish Hall.

At a later date, the family will gather for a private interment in Church Hill, Maryland.

In lieu of customary remembrances, donations in Fran’s memory may be directed to St. Francis Episcopal Church, 345 Piney Point Rd., Houston, TX, 77024; or the charity of one’s choice.



  • Memorial Service Friday, March 14, 2014


  • Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the Wheatcroft Parish Hall.

Francis Irving Catlin MD

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Debbie Lowe

April 22, 2015

I worked with Dr. Catlin at Texas Children's Hospital back in the 80's. Such a kind, considerate man. He loved taking the staff to eat Mexican food from time to time. He removed my son's tonsils when he was 5 years old. He taught me how to shoot a rifle at the gun range.. I remember that classic Oldsmobile he drove occasionally. He and Reba lived lose to me so sometimes when Dr. Catlin would miss his carpool I would give him a ride home. He loved the theatre, took his medical students to a play and to Butera's for dinner. So many great memories...RIP.

March 13, 2014

Dr. Catlin will be deeply missed, he was always interested in new ideas as well as sharing what he knew. He and Mrs. Catlin were wonderful friends of my parents and I came to love the Catlins as well. His laughter and enthusiasm for life will be greatly missed. I send my sympathy to all in the Catlin family, Susan Fernbach

Lucy Nichols Stein

March 9, 2014

Deepest empathy to the generations of Fran's family for the loss of a charismatic man, first met at age sixteen and never to be forgotten.


March 4, 2014

My deepest sympathies to the Catlin family. I had the honor of serving of the Texas Medical Center Library Friends Board with Dr. Catlin. He was such a delight. I will miss him.
Kathy Hoffman

March 3, 2014

My condolences to the family of Mr. Catlin. May you be comforted by reflecting on the many wonderful memories that you can treasure forever. Also you can look forward to the removal of all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.

B. Jones

March 3, 2014

Our family regret to read of your loss.
Your words reflect a person truly devoted to family & the caring of others.
Those of us who have experienced lost of loved ones, long with your family the time when no one will be sick.

Deborah Halsted

March 2, 2014

My condolences to the Catlin family. Dr. Catlin was my friend through a library friends group. Kathy Hoffman, a library colleague, and I shared many enjoyable lunches with him. He will be missed!