B. Franklin Diamond, 69, head of Abington Neurological Associates, died May 17 at Abington Memorial Hospital.
Diamond was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Merrick, N.Y. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963, he attended the University of Pittsburgh Medical School with a specialty in neurology.
He completed his neurology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and then served from 1972 to 1974 as a major and chief of neurology in the U.S. Air Force at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas.
In 1974, Diamond joined Abington Neurological Associates at Abington Hospital as a senior neurologist and served as chief of neurology from 1993 to 2007. He was nationally-known for the advancement of neurological patient care.
He also developed one of the first sleep disorders centers and the first accredited acute care stroke center in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
He developed a pre-hospital stroke scale in conjunction with the Montgomery County Second Alarmers Rescue Squad. The stroke scale has been instrumental in expediting the treatment of acute stroke prior to a patient's arrival at the hospital.
In addition to these achievements, Diamond held leadership positions on several boards including the American Heart Association and the Philadelphia Neurological Society. He also championed tort reform in Pennsylvania.
Diamond is survived by his wife of 45 years, Martha Stern Diamond; daughter Stephanie Diamond; son Elliot Diamond; sister Lisa Tostevin; brother Ralph Diamond; and extended family.
Memorial contributions can be made to: The Stroke Center Fund, c/o Abington Health Foundation, Office of Philanthropy, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001,www.amh.org/abingtonhealth/waysofgiving .