Lois Franz Honors Late Husband, Rod
Lois Franz has been a long-time supporter of the Department of Internal Medicine in appreciation for the care her late husband Rod received here. Rod Franz battled prostate cancer until his death in November 1999 at 74 years of age. Internist Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., MACP, a specialist in hematology and oncology, treated the disease. Lois credits Meyers with extending her husband’s life by nine years.
“We were blessed to have Dr. Meyers take care of Rod. He made a house call on Christmas, which was just one example of the level of care we received,” Lois said. “Cancer is insidious, and Dr. Meyers helped us through the toughest time of our lives. We would not have considered going anywhere else except UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Meyers was also an angel when Rod was in hospice for many months at the very end of his life.”
Lois Franz has served as a Community Advisory Committee member for Internal Medicine and has helped to generate support for our mission.
Rod Franz played football from 1946 to 1949 at UC Berkeley, where he later coached. He played as guard and remains the only three-time All-American in Cal history. The Bears posted perfect 10-0 records during the 1948 and ’49 seasons, Franz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
Rod and Lois had seven children and 16 grandchildren.