Constance ‘Connie’ Smith Franklin sadly shares that her husband Major General Joseph P. Franklin passed away in March 2017 after a long battle with cancer. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in December with full military honors. He had an illustrious career in the Army and was Commandant of U.S. Military Academy at West Point when women were admitted. He is survived by Connie and four sons, Bill, Perry, Philip, and Dean. Connie remains active in supporting Young Concert Artists, the  National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Capital Speakers. She lives in Arlington, Virginia.