A pioneer and a mother figure for the Radiography Profession
Marion Frank (1920-2010) had three loves in life; family, radiography and the Middlesex Hospital which she spent most of her professional life. Marion Frank is best described as a citizen of the world rather than one of a country. Marion was a true pioneer and put radiography training and education on the map across the world. Marion spent most of her career as a teacher and head of the radiographer program at Middlesex Hospital School She became the superintendent of radiograhy in 1965. As a believer in involvement Marion practiced her passion by serving as a Past President of the Society of Radiographers in 1967 and also an examiner for the society.
Marion was a founding member of the ISRRT and served as Chair of Education for 15 years. She helped formulate the first education policy for the ISRRT. Marion also served on the ISRRT Board of Management and is well remembered for her professional work with the ISRRT. Marion was devoted to the ISRRT’s ideals and aspirations for bringing together radiographers throughout the world. She worked tirelessly to promote and foster the ISRRT in those countries and people most in need. Marion’s Influence was great among her peers. Marion was always demonstrating her love for sharing education with those that had less opportunity. Past President of the ISRRT, Dr. Tyron Goh, remembers when Marion’s selflessness and generosity found herself swapping her business class airline ticket for an economy ticket so four additional professionals could join her for a seminar. She then gave them her suite and she checked into a budget hotel so everyone could attend the seminar with her. Marion supported diversity and made sure to demonstrate exceptional service and commitment to educating radiographers and supporting the development of medical radiation technology Her dedication and ideals were so powerfully demonstrated the ISRRT awarded Dr. Marion Frank the Dien Van Dijk award to her on her 90th birthday.
This Marion Frank Award was developed and approved in 2014 to honor Marion Frank’s contributions to the ISRRT. The award is to be granted only at a World Congress and only with the unanimous agreement of the Board of Management of the ISRRT. This award is dedicated to her memory to honor members of the ISRRT that have shown these same characteristics and service demonstrated by Marion Frank.
1. Outstanding service to International Community of radiographers
2.Contributor to professional development and/or education globally
3. Evidence of high level of professionalism and integrity
4. Demonstration of humanitarian values through unselfish, compassionate service to those in need in the radiologic community
5. Recognized contribution to profession of radiography globally
Nominations are to be made by an ISRRT member society and the recipient must be a member (current or retired) of that society or associate member of the ISRRT.
Nominations should be submitted to the CEO who will convene a committee composed of a council representatives from each of the regions to review and create a short list of applications received for consideration by the Board of Management.
Award to be presented at Congress Banquet.
This award to be presented in alternative World Congress’s with Dien Van Dijk Award and may or may not be presented at each World Congress.
Mrs. Dominique Zerroug from the French Association of Radiographers (AFPE) was awarded the Marion Frank Award this year (2016) for her outstanding contribution and efforts to the continuous professional development workshops she has run for many years in Africa, Vietnam, Romania and Mexico.
Dominique is a loyal volunteer always there to help her colleagues anywhere in the world by imparting her wealth of knowledge.
Dominique has been an active member of the French Association for more than 40 years and has been an ISRRT Council Member for a long.
She was radiographer and afterwards the Director of a radiographer school close to Paris.
She was a close friend of Marion Frank.
The ISRRT was founded in 1962 as a non-profit organization, and now has over 90 Member Societies representing more than 86 countries, over 500,000 Society members and in excess of 18,000 Associate Members.