The United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania has recently selected Franklin Blackstone, Jr. as their 2012 Founders’ Day Award recipient.
The Board of Directors of the Foundation initiated Founders’ Day in 1989, as a means of honoring those individuals whose long-term leadership and commitment to the stewardship principles and mission of the Foundation have been exemplary. Chosen by an executive committee, the candidates are evaluated on their Christian stewardship, longevity of their support for the Foundation and United Methodist entities, as well as their position of leadership in the community.
Franklin maintains a broad and active Estate Planning and Administration practice, counseling clients of all ages and frequently, multiple generations of families in planning and preparing for the distribution of assets. An avid believer in community involvement, for years, Franklin has served on multiple boards, committees and in numerous organizations, including Jumonville, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, amongst others.
Franklin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1949 with honors, including the Omicron Delta Kappa Senior Award. He continued his education by attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earning his J.D. in 1952.