Franklin P. Iams

Franklin Pierce "Frank" Iams (August 18, 1915 – November 18, 1986) was the first administrator of the Fairfax Hospital and later president of the Fairfax Hospital Association.

Early life and education

Named for his paternal grandfather, Franklin Pierce Iams was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of four children of Dr. Jay Donald Iams and the former Grace Forrester Donnan.

Following the death of his father in 1929, Iams moved to Washington, Pennsylvania, in August 1931, where he graduated from East Washington High School in 1933. Iams next graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1937 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.[1]


Iams served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1946, then returned to college, taking his masters of arts degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota in 1948.

Iams worked as the assistant director of the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

In October 1955, Iams was appointed administrator of the University Hospital of the Bellevue Medical Center of New York University.[2]

Just over 2 ½ years later, in April 1958, Iams was named as the administrator of the Fairfax Hospital, where he would spend the remainder of his professional career.[1]

In 1983 Iams announced his intention to retire, effective July 1, 1984, at the November 21 meeting of the Fairfax Hospital Board of Trustees.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Fairfax Hospital Names Manager." The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959): 1. Apr 26 1958. ProQuest. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.
  2. "Administrator is Named for University Hospital." New York Times (1923-Current file): 7. Nov 01 1955. ProQuest. Web. 7 Dec. 2017.
  3. Sugawara, Sandra. "Fairfax Hospital Leader Will Retire Next July 1." The Washington Post (1974-Current file): 1. Dec 07 1983. ProQuest. Web. 8 Dec. 2017.