Dr. Hugh F. Frame, 93, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 in the comfort of his beloved home of 56 years on the St. Lawrence River.
He was born May 28, 1925 in Newport, Scotland, the son of Reverend Hugh F. Frame and Jean MacIntyre Frame. His primary and college educations were completed in Scotland. In World War II, he served in the Royal Air Force as an air gunner in England and North Africa from 1943-1945. At the end of the war, he was reassigned and trained as a laboratory technician serving a further two years in England.
In 1947, Dr. Frame received an honorable discharge and entered Medical School at Glasgow University, Scotland graduating in 1952 with Distinctions in Physics and Pathology. He then completed internships in General Medicine and Bacteriology and entered training in Pathology in 1955 in Glasgow. In 1959, he immigrated to the United States and completed further training in Flint, Michigan becoming Board Certified in Pathology in 1960. At this time, he also did Forensic Pathology work for the Medical Examiner’s office in Flint for a period of 8 months. In 1962, Dr. Frame came to Ogdensburg as pathologist to A. Barton Hepburn Hospital where he worked for 28 years, retiring in 1990.
Dr. Frame served as Director of the St. Lawrence County Laboratory and Director of the laboratories in E.J. Noble Hospital in Alexandria Bay and Clifton-Fine in Star Lake, the latter for 12 years. He was also the Health Officer in both Morristown and Ogdensburg over the course of his career.
Dr. Frame was a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists. He held licenses to practice medicine in Michigan, Arizona, and New York. He was interested in aviation and was a Medical Examiner for the Federal Aviation Administration for many years as well as being a licensed pilot himself. He was an amateur musician and was associated with the Seaway Valley Community Band for a few years where he played trombone.
In retirement, he was an avid reader, who loved spending time with family and friends and enjoyed his scooter rides on River Road. He was a private pilot and enjoyed cruising on his boat “Young Lass.” He wrote great letters and chronicled his family with painstakingly kept photo albums.
Dr. Frame is perhaps best remembered as a long-time County Coroner, a position he served for 29 years.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Roxanne and 3 daughters, Linda Frame (Mike Forman) of Charleston, WV, Stephanie (Rick) Donaldson of Lake Clear, NY, Molly (Jody) Williams of Ogdensburg, NY, and James (Laura Mitchell) Frame and grandchildren Donald Forman, Joshua Mallet, Sydney and Savanna Donaldson, Eli and Brady Bullock, Jorja and Abby Williams, and Jade and Iris Frame.
Per his wishes, a service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patrick J. Murphy, Jr. Scholarship Fund, c/o Ogdensburg Free Academy, 1100 State Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
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