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Francis A. "Frank" Madsen

AMICUS Hall of Honor Member/Heritage Society and 2014 Gold Caduceus Honoree


Francis A. Madsen, more commonly known as Frank, was born on January 6, 1931, at LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has fond childhood memories of climbing on the brick piles of the Ogden High School construction site, as his family lived across the street for many years.

Frank and his family left Ogden after six years and moved back to Salt Lake City where he attended Longfellow Elementary School, Bryant Junior High School, and East High School. In high school, he participated in football, basketball, and track until he graduated in 1948 as the valedictorian of his graduating class. 

After high school, Frank enrolled at the University of Utah and nearly completed his undergraduate degree before serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Ontario, Canada. After his mission, Frank completed his undergraduate degree in 1954, graduated from law school in 1955 (entering the Utah State Bar that same year), earned a Master of Business Administration in 1956, and received a commission in the Air Force. Throughout his education, he also managed to find time to work in his family’s business, Madsen Furniture Company.

After finishing school, Frank was ordered to the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base near Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he served as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for three years. When he returned to Salt Lake City in 1959, Frank practiced corporate law while also participating in various family-owned businesses. 

In 1976 Frank accepted an offer from Senator Orrin Hatch to be his Chief of Staff in Washington, D.C. He held this position for eight years and then became Chief Counsel of the United States Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee for four years. 

While Frank served his country, he also provided countless years of service to the LDS church. One of his many callings include Bishop at three different times, each to a different congregation. In 1988, Frank and his wife, Constance, were called to serve as Mission Presidents in Boston, Massachusetts. After their mission ended, Frank continued to hold administrative callings in Ohio and New York, as well as serve on both the Public Affairs Advisory Committee and the Foreign Affairs Advisory Committee. In this capacity, he successfully negotiated with the communist governments of Hungary and other Eastern European nations to obtain legal status for the LDS church in those countries.

Upon returning to Salt Lake City in 1995, Frank served on a number of boards for charitable institutions, one of which was the Heart and Lung Research Foundation Board for Intermountain Healthcare. Frank was also served on Intermountain’s Research and Medical Foundation Board for nine years with the assignment of directing the Legacy of Life program while also raising funds for the new Intermountain Medical Center. Upon completion of his Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation term he has continued to direct the Legacy of Life gala, having chaired the last several events. The Intermountain Research and Medical Foundation expresses sincere gratitude to Frank for his ongoing service and dedication.

Past Member Spotlight


Dr. Todd Allen

AMICUS Lifetime Member

Dr. Allen grew up in Bountiful, Utah, and pursued a degree in chemistry at the University of Utah before entering the medical program in 1991. Upon

graduation, he served his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where an appreciation for academic emergency medicine and the spirit of inquiry was formed. 

Following his residency, Dr. Allen completed a fellowship in academic emergency medicine at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney in Australia. While there, he came across a job opportunity with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Trauma Services at LDS Hospital and a chance to return home.

Dr. Allen’s interests lie in clinical trauma research, academic emergency medicine, and bringing the techniques and ideas of Pulmonary and Critical Care research, particularly the techniques of computerized bedside decision support, to real-time operation in the emergency departments of both Intermountain Medical Center and LDS Hospital. 

Dr. Allen led a research project at Intermountain Medical Center and at LDS Hospital that shows both hospitals greatly reduced the number of sepsis-related deaths. “We have saved about 50 to 70 lives per year at those two institutions," he says. 

Over the past several years, Dr. Allen has received funding from Intermountain Research & Medical Foundation for research projects that have received local and national attention. He served as the Vice-Chair of Intermountain Research & Medical Foundation’s Research Committee until 2011. 

Dr. Allen has been a generous donor and has reached the Lifetime level. Intermountain Research & Medical Foundation expresses our deepest gratitude to Dr. Todd Allen for his continuing support to the Foundation and his dedication to the Science of Medicine, the Spirit of Caring and the Miracle of Healing.