Dr. Frank G. Elliott, family physician, dead at age 92. One of the first Black physicians in the Bridgeport area Dr. Frank G. Elliott died Saturday, January 14, 2006, at Bridgeport Hospital surrounded by his family. Husband of the late Edith B. Elliott, he was born in Portsmouth, Va., and lived most of his life in Stratford. He is survived by three daughters, Lynne Elliott Bannister and Francine Elliott Smith, both of Boston, Mass., and Alice Elliott Smith of Los Angeles, Calif. He also leaves four grandchildren, Jennifer Lynne Smith, Jason Elliott Rosenwald, Robert Noah Elliott Smith and Alison Mary Edith Campbell; and three great-grandchildren, Jose Miguel, Raya Carolyn and India Edith Rosenwald. He is also survived by his sisters, Laura Elliott Franklin of Houston, Texas, and Louis Elliott Hill of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as many nieces, nephews. Born August 23, 1913, Dr. Elliott was the son of the late Dr. Frank G. Elliott Sr., a physician for 60 years in Portsmouth, Va., and Laura Elizabeth Carr Elliott. Dr. Elliott received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and graduated from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., in 1940. He served in the U.S. Public Health Service in Oklahoma from 1942 through 1944, and then moved to Bridgeport to open a family medical practice in 1945. In 1967, he became a senior physician in the emergency department at Bridgeport Hospital, where he served until 1978 until resuming his family practice. Also, at Bridgeport Hospital he served on the hospital's Development, Pharmacy and Dietary, Patient Care, and Trauma committees. He was also a member of the Disability Claim Review committee for the town of Stratford. In 1980, he joined the emergency department of Danbury Hospital and retired in 1993. Dr. Elliott was the founder and director of the first freestanding methadone drug clinic in Bridgeport, the first of its kind in the greater Bridgeport area. Dr. Elliott not only developed the program, but also initiated an active peer counseling program as well as an ongoing educational component for all clinic participants. Dr. Elliott shared his passion for emergency medicine and trauma medicine by teaching nursing students and other health care professionals at the University of Bridgeport School of Nursing. In addition, he taught emergency medical technician courses at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and for the town of Stratford. In 1987, he was awarded the Hertzler Knox Award for excellence in contributions to emergency medical services in Connecticut. Dr. Elliott was past president of the Bridgeport Medical Society and the Bridgeport Academy of Family Practice. He was a member of the Fairfield County Medical Society, American Academy of Family Practice, the World Medical Association and the Southwestern Connecticut Emergency Medical Council. He also was a charter member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He served on the Medical Advisory Committee of Connecticut Blue Cross/Blue Shield and was a member of its board of directors. He also served on the Boards of Directors of the Bridgeport Area Foundation and People's Bank. He was a member of the Governor's Task Force on Drug Addiction and the Governor's Task Force on Venereal Disease. He also was a past president of the Board of Directors of Family Service Society of Bridgeport. He served on the state Advisory Committee on Emergency Medical Services, and was chairman of the planning committee. He was a member of the state of Connecticut House of Delegates for the Fairfield County Medical Society as well as chairman of the medical team for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Jazz Concert for over 30 years. In addition to the Hertzler Knox Award, he received the Southwestern Connecticut EMS Service Award each year from 1976 to 1984; was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Bridgeport Rotary Club, of which he was a member for over 35 years; and was chosen Volunteer of the Year by Hall Neighborhood House in 1993. 

Published in the Connecticut Post on 1/19/2006.

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