Robert Stanley Francis

January 4, 1944March 29, 2014

Robert S. Francis, MD, Born Jan. 4, 1944 and reared in Tulsa, OK; married Sharron H. Francis on July 27, 1968 for 45 years. Preceded in death by parents, father Alex W. Francis, Jr. and mother Jewell Womack Francis. Survived by: Sharron H. Francis, wife of 44 years, sister [Patricia Aronson (Hal)] of Coronado, CA, son Jason Francis (Jenny), daughter [Heather Graham (Josh)] of Mt. Pleasant, SC, grandchildren (Peyton Graham and Lorelei Graham, and his beloved dogs (Clarke, Isaac, Jenny, and Blackie). Education and Employment: Graduate of Edison High School in Tulsa, OK (1962) where he swam on state championship team. Earned a B.S. at Vanderbilt University (1965) in Chemistry and was a member of the Vanderbilt golf team. He earned his M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1969. Following residency training in radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, he served for two years in the US Public Health Service at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He served as a faculty member in the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt University and as practicing radiologist with Radiology Consultants for more than 30 years. Memberships, activities and awards: Member of Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He was awarded the McGill award as most outstanding freshman at Vanderbilt. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He was a long time member of Hillwood Country Club. Interests: He was a highly accomplished golfer, an ardent naturalist and arborist. He was active in birdwatching, hiking, and myriad conservation efforts. He was an avid reader, an advocate for animal rights and an admirer of all things beautiful. He loved to spend time at his ranch in southwestern MT where he enjoyed fly fishing and worked to protect the natural features of the land. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Remembrances can be sent to the Nashville Humane Association. Arrangements under the direction of Marshall Donnelly Combs Funeral Home, Nashville, Tennessee.


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Joe & Kay Beavo

December 30, 2014


Sadly, we just heard about Bob's passing. We know that it has now been a while since it occurred but also know that you likely are still processing all of those years in your mind, particularly around this Christmas time. We are thinking of you and wish you a good year in 2015.

Joe and Kay (Seattle) December 30, 2014

Rebecca Guinn

April 8, 2014

Sharron, my heart goes out to you and your family in the loss of your husband. I did not know Bob, but I do know you. I know you are a strong and courageous woman. I pray that after the sad time has passed you will realized how blessed you were to have him 45 years. I hope the memories from those years will be a source of sweetness and strength durings the the days ahead. Love to you and your family, Joe and Rebecca Guinn (Foley, AL)

Jan & Bill

April 2, 2014

Sharron, we are so sorry to hear of Bob's death. We will always remember his smile and his humor. We think of you often and will be in touch when things are not so difficult for you.

Shipley & Leslie Landiss

April 1, 2014

I am so sorry to see this news! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in fond memories.

Beth Cyr

April 1, 2014

Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers,

Sue Biggers

April 1, 2014

Sharon, So sorry to hear of your husband's death. Please know you will be in my prayers and thoughts.

Michael & Ellen Levitt

April 1, 2014

Sharron, we are so sorry to learn of Bob's passing. We have such fond memories of Bob, as he was so intelligent and had so many interests. We know he will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Tom Campbell

March 31, 2014

I met Bob at Vandy when I barely new where Tulsa, OK was. Now I've lived here for over 45 years and would have loved to have talked to him about his growing up in Tulsa. When I got here in the late 1960s, not too many people knew where Vandy was. Bob was one of the good guys.

March 31, 2014

I'm so sorry to learn of your husband's passing. From experience I know how difficult this time can be. Just know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you travel this new journey in your live.

Kay Lynn

March 31, 2014

So sorry to hear this news. I worked with Dr. Francis for many years at Westside Hospital. Besides working together,we were music buddies enjoying so much of the same styles. We
all enjoyed the photos and hearing stories of the ranch he loved.
Again, so sorry.