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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 11, 2020 09:40 AM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation designating the Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway in the Borough of Lansdale.
Last session, we passed Senate Resolution 360, honoring the life and contributions of Dr. Frank Erdman Boston.  While this was a fitting tribute to a truly inspirational man, I believe we can go a step further to immortalize all that he has done for our community.
Frank Erdman Boston was born March 10, 1891, in Philadelphia and later attended Lincoln University, originally established as The Ashmun Institute, the nation's first degree granting Historically Black College and University.  He then attended the Medico-Chirurgical College, an outgrowth of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Philadelphia which merged with the University of Pennsylvania Medical College and Jefferson Medical College.
Dr. Boston enlisted and was immediately given the rank of first lieutenant in the Army Medical Reserve Corps.  During World War I, Dr. Boston served in France with the rank of captain and ended his military service as a major.  After the war, Dr. Boston returned to work in Philadelphia and later settled in Lansdale where he opened the Elm Terrace Hospital, which was later renamed North Penn Hospital and subsequently became part of the Abington Jefferson Health Systems.
Dr. Boston also formed a First Aid Emergency Squad in Lansdale, eventually known as the Volunteer Medical Service Corps of Lansdale.  He was a member of the Reserve Officers Association of Military Surgeons, the Montgomery County Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Dr. Boston died February 8, 1960, at 69 years of age and was buried in Lansdale.  The life and accomplishments of Dr. Boston are a testament to what materializes from the best qualities in a human being.  His selflessness, respect for life, dedication to his neighbors and unwavering commitment to do good serve as an inspiration for all, and are the reasons we should be celebrating his legacy for generations to come.
This legislation would designate State Route 2004, also known as North Broad Street, within the Borough of Lansdale, Montgomery County, be designated as the “Dr. Frank Erdman Boston Memorial Highway.”
If you have any questions, please call David Kozak in my office at 717-787-3110.

Introduced as SB847