The world lost a renowned leader and a proud Calvert Hall College alumnus on Saturday, September 23, 2023. In the company of his devoted family, Frank P. Bramble, Sr., class of ’66, passed away, leaving behind a legacy that will always be cherished. “It is with great sorrow that Calvert Hall shares the news regarding the passing on Saturday, September 23, 2023, of former Board of Trustees Chairman and Interim President, Frank P. Bramble, Sr. ’66,” the publication from Calvert Hall College that served as the college’s official means of death announcement read. His life’s achievements and services to the community ought to be honoured, despite the fact that the cause of his death is unknown.
Frank Bramble’s journey through life was marked by remarkable achievements, both in the financial sector and in his dedication to education and community service. As a 1966 graduate of Calvert Hall, he embarked on a career that would see him rise to the pinnacle of the financial world, holding prestigious positions at several renowned financial institutions.
Frank’s impact on the financial sector was profound. He served as Chairman, President, and CEO at prominent financial institutions such as Allfirst Financial, Inc., MNC Financial, Inc., Maryland National Bank, American Security Bank, and Virginia Federal Savings Bank. His leadership prowess extended beyond the boundaries of any one organization. In a career-defining moment, he assumed the role of Executive Vice Chairman and Advisor to the Executive Committee of MBNA Corporation during its merger with Bank of America. Even after the merger in 2006, Frank continued to contribute his expertise to the financial sector, maintaining his presence on the Bank of America Board of Directors.
But Frank Bramble’s efforts went far beyond Wall Street’s executive suites. Through his entire life, it was clear that he was committed to both education and community service. His dedication to influencing the future of young minds was demonstrated by his service as an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors at Towson University.
On July 1, 2013, Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC, Provincial for The Brothers of the Christian Schools District of Eastern North America, gave Frank the honour of being named Interim President of Calvert Hall College. Throughout this time, he led with a commitment to the principles of the Lasallian tradition. Frank Bramble promoted a sense of belonging and a thirst for knowledge, assuring the survival of Calvert Hall.
Frank’s commitment to education persisted as he took on the role of Chairman of the Board of Trustees from July 2014 to June 2016. During his tenure as Chairman, he played a pivotal role in shaping the direction and vision of the institution. His leadership ensured that Calvert Hall remained at the forefront of providing a holistic education that combined academic excellence with moral values.
All of Frank’s life, he had maintained close ties to Calvert Hall. From 1993 to 1995 and 2000 to 2006, he served two distinct terms on the CHC Board of Trustees. He was able to offer his knowledge and direction through these commitments to the organisation that was dear to his heart.
Frank Bramble was honoured into the Calvert Hall Alumni Hall of Fame in 1993 in honour of his outstanding accomplishments. This renowned award recognised his unrelenting dedication to the values of Calvert Hall College and cemented his standing as a notable alumnus.
Frank’s death affects the entire community, not just Calvert Hall. His life narrative provides as motivation for anyone who wants to succeed while staying true to their roots. Frank Bramble’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of students and leaders at Calvert Hall College and beyond.
As we mourn the loss of this remarkable individual, let us also celebrate his life and the indelible mark he left on the world. Frank Bramble’s contributions to the financial sector, education, and community service will be remembered as a shining example of what it means to live a life of purpose and dedication.
Let’s consider the advice Frank once gave to the residents of Calvert Hall: “In life, you will confront problems and opportunities. What makes you who you are is how you react to them. Frank Bramble’s unwavering dedication to excellence, learning, and service served as the cornerstone of his character. Although he is gone, he will always be remembered, and his legacy will serve as an example for future generations.