Richard Franzis Character Award
October 13, 2019
Richard Franzis was an assistant principal at Staples High School until his retirement in 2019. He began his career at Staples in 1998 as the Dean of Students, having served as assistant principal at Brookfield (CT) High School, and having taught chemistry and biology at Darien High School for over 12 years. In addition to his career in education, Rich retired as a colonel from the United States Army Reserve in 2014 after thirty-four years of service. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq from July 2007 through June of 2008, and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during combat operations. He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, and in 2016 was inducted into the Connecticut Army National Guard Officer Hall of Fame. Richard was an upstanding member of the Staples community who exhibited an extraordinary blend of strength, compassion and judgement.