This message was emailed to students, faculty and staff by President Hatch on Nov. 2:
Dear Wake Forest Students, Faculty and Staff,
I am saddened to announce that Denise Franklin, a third-year Master of Divinity student at the School of Divinity, died October 31 while undergoing care at a Winston-Salem hospital.
We extend our condolences to her family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew her. Her passing is a loss for the entire Wake Forest community. May Ms. Franklin’s family and friends find comfort and support as they grieve her loss and remember her life.
Ms. Franklin was a well-known person in our region of the state, having been a news anchor at television station WXII before managing radio station WFDD at Wake Forest several years ago. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Communication.
A celebration for Ms. Franklin’s life is scheduled for Nov. 7 at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 450 Metropolitan Drive, Winston-Salem. The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. and a funeral service will follow at 12 noon.
Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff. The University Counseling Center may be reached at 758-5273 and the Office of the Chaplain may be contacted at 758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 716-5493. Please do not hesitate to seek support.
Nathan O. Hatch