Franklin K. Brough, executive director of the American Lung Association of Utah, was praised by friends and colleagues Saturday for his many contributions to the non-profit health organization during the past 30 years.
"Looking back, we're proud of the public health achievements Frank skillfully engineered in his quiet but unrelenting manner," said Robert Furlow, president of the association board of directors.Furlow heralded Brough for his success in searching out active cases of tuberculosis among the Navajos, conducting statewide case findings with early tuberculin skin testing, and later with mobile X-raying.
Brough also pioneered with telemetry to set standards for pulmonary function testing, with hypnosis in smoking cessation, and then in asthma attack control in adults and children.
"People credit me for a great deal, and it's not deserving," Brough said during the testimonial luncheon in his honor. "That which is accomplished by the American Lung Association of Utah came about because of many different people coming together for a banner cause."
Describing his career as "very pleasant in memory," Brough proceeded to individually thank and honor a large number of people without whom, he said, the programs would not have been successful.
Former association president R. James Steenblik presented Brough with a plaque representing the establishment of the Franklin K. Brough Childhood Asthma Program Fund.
He encouraged donations that will go toward the continued "delivery of programs and services that Frank was instrumental in helping develop."
Although a Utah native, it was Brough's public health experience with the Kellogg Foundation in Michigan that caused his career to focus on community health. He enrolled in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated with a Master of Public Health degree in health education in 1951.
His roots drew him back to Utah, where he became executive director of the Utah Tuberculosis and Health Association.
Brough said when he became executive director of the association in 1958, the board of directors gave him two charges. One of the charges was to centralize the organization as a state unit. The association was previously divided into 19 affiliate organizations.
"Second, that the association be recognized as an organization that served people with programs worthy of public recognition and support." Brough said he believes both charges were accomplished.
Among his many honors, Brough has been presented the state's highest award for public health workers. He received the Beatty Award, named in honor of Dr. T.B. Beatty, one of the state's first health officers.
Proceeds from the testimonial luncheon will establish the Franklin K. Brough Fund, to be used for the association's childhood asthma program.