Dr. Francis Cherian MD.

Dr. Francis Cherian MD.
May 6, 1948 – October 29, 2018

Dr. Francis Cherian was born on May 6, 1948 in the state of Kerala, in the first year of India’s Independence. He emigrated to Bedford, England in 1977 and then on to Bryan, Texas in 1982.

When he arrived in Bryan, he began working as a family physician at the AM/PM Clinic at 3820 N. Texas Avenue. He took over ownership of the clinic in 1984, and with his wife, Dr. Rany Cherian, expanded it to three locations, all on Texas Avenue. He went on to serve as a medical director for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and in other private sector positions before retiring in 2013.

Francis suffered a stroke on Friday evening playing 56, the card game he loved. And he passed peacefully on Monday, October 29 surrounded by friends and family. Francis joins his brother Aloysius, his parents, P.J. and Eunice Cherian, and his beloved grandparents, Mummy and Daddy (Edward and Beatrice Moses).

His loss was sudden and unexpected. We will miss him terribly.
Francis was a devoted friend, physician, grandfather, card-player, and racetrack bettor, a teller of tall tales and irreverent jokes. He was proud to be an alumnus of Trivandrum Medical College and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. The things he chose to do in life, he did with passion and abandon. If he walked into a room of five strangers, he walked out with five pals.

Francis was a man of contradictions. He moved around all his life, from the time he was a child but never had any trouble making himself at home. He always loved his India, but embraced becoming American. A staunch opponent of the death penalty, he was, for several years, the physician for Texas’ death row. He called himself a yellow-dog Democrat but enjoyed being around those who disagreed with him perhaps more than those who shared his views, never missing an opportunity to tease his many conservative friends.

He leaves many fond memories with his wife Rany, son Rajesh (Antony) Cherian and daughter-in-law Betzi Mathew, granddaughters Rekha and Anjali, sister and brother-in-law Geetha and John Manuel, brothers and sisters-in-law Xavier and Pushpa Cherian, Joseph and Annie Cherian, Moses and Lovely Cherian, Sebastian and Lalitha Cherian, many loving nephews and nieces, including Prashant John, Priya Kenny, Arun Cherian, Jeet Cherian, Swaraj Cherian, Kiran Cherian, Rohan Cherian, and Reshma Cherian, and many friends near and far.
Please join us in remembering Francis. A visitation will begin at 6pm today, with the vigil service at 7pm at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center. Funeral Mass will be at 11am tomorrow, Saturday, November 3, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, followed by a reception.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders.

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  1. Dear Rani, Rajesh family, Geetha and John family and other family members:
    We are sad to hear about Francis passing. We thank God that he passed away in the midst of his loving family and friends. It is a blessing that God allowed Rev. Father John to be there with Francis offering prayers and comfort to the family. It is our sincere prayer that God would let the departed soul rest in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. May God grant heavenly peace, strength and courage to the family.
    With lots of love and prayers,
    Ammachy, Amminikutty, Jeevan and

  2. We shall miss you Francis you have always been a dear friend. Our condolences go out to the entire Cherian Family

  3. Sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you Kochaunty and Rajesh and all the family.
    May the Lord comfort you all in this time of grief

    Leena and Matthew

  4. Sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you Kochaunty and Rajesh and all the family.
    May the Lord comfort you all in this time of grief

    Leena and Matthew

  5. Our heat is filled with gratitude for the greatness and compassion of Cherian Family. I had known them from 1971. They always cares for others needs. There is an old saying Charity must start from FAMILY. I cannot blame them for not taking care of themselves.
    I truly believe Dr Francis or for me Uncleji is in eternal peace.
    May GOD give the strength for his son Rajesh and Rany the courage to withstand the loss and continue their life.

  6. To the Cherian family. I send my heartfelt prayers and condolences to your family. My God bless you all and bring peace in this sorrowful time I think so much of this family – being my physicians for many years love Karey Kokemoor

  7. Dear Rani Rajesh and the rest of the family.
    Our condolences. May Mohan’s soul Rest in peace. Our Prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time
    Charles Daphne and family from Tauranga New Zealand

  8. We are so sorry to hear Mohan’s passing away. Our heartfelt condolences. We offer our prayers for the departed soul. May God bless him and grant him eternal peace.

    Molly and Kunjachen

  9. Dear Rany,
    we are shocked and sad to hear the news. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
    Veena and NK Anand

  10. Jitha , Seena ,Sneha Vinay
    We are so sad to hear the news . Dr Francis was very dear to us .He was a great friend , loving and so passionate about others . Always had a listening ear and a kind heart .
    Our best friend will be missed so much .

  11. Dear Cherian Family,

    We send our deepest sympathy to you today and we wish Dr. Cherian could have been with us for a longer time. He took such good care of me when I went to him for medical care many years ago. His intelligence and compassion were very obvious as he went about being an excellent practicing physician.

    With every kind regard,

    Jan Sis

  12. Dear Rani,
    Very sad to hear about Francis. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone in your family.
    May his soul RIP .
    Dr. Shanmugam and Anu

  13. Dear Aunty Rani, Rajesh and family members,
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences, May God grant you strength and peace during this difficult phase of life.
    May Uncle Rest In Peace at feet of his Master
    Loves from Prem and Kanta Kirpalani.

  14. I was just bragging on you this weekend to my son and daughter in law, in how you were the one Doctor that stopped my 3 year battle with asthma. You and your wife, Dr. Rany, have been my physicians since 1980’s and were one of the few who accepted CHIPS for my kids. You will be missed and THANK YOU for being such a great Doctor.

  15. Thank you for your dedication to our community. Rich or poor, you served all who came to you. You will be remembered fondly by all who were blessed to have met you. Our most heartfelt prayers and condolences to all family and friends.

  16. So sorry to hear. My first opportunity was giving to me as a receptionist which started my career. I am grateful and he will be missed. My prayers for Dr. Rany.

  17. I worked for Dr. Cherian many years ago. He was a great man with many jokes. We had lots of laughs in the clinic. Although I had not seen him in many years, we did reconnect on facebook in the last few years. I will always think fondly of him. I’m so sorry for your loss Dr. Rany and the entire Cherian family.

  18. Our deepest sympathies. We grieve with you and pray that Francis’ soul rest in eternal peace. May the loving hand of God support you all during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  19. All friends will remember you ever since you had sincere attachment to all , and express my heart felt condolences to all family members,

  20. We are so sorry to hear of Mohan’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Beth and Farrukh

  21. I am truly sorry for your loss. Good doctor & friend. Met him in early 1980’s at a clinic before he took ownership. Peace be in our sad hearts.

  22. Rany, I am so sorry to hear of Francis passing. His obituary was beautiful and captured his love of life. I always considered him a good friend and have missed him since we moved to Austin. He always talked about his family and obviously loved you all greatly. Please share my sorrow with the rest of the family. I have many fond memories of Francis and his energetic love of life.

  23. Dear Rani, Rjesh and rest of the family members,

    This is Kunjumon and Mira { Thomas Zachariah and Mira Thomas}. Our Heartfelt Condolences AND Prayers for all of you. We heard the sad news about Francis few hrs ago through a friend of ours who knew Francis . I read the news about Francis from the funeral home details. We wish we had your contact phone , we could have phoned. If you wish our phone no. is 503 866 8126, Please contact if you have time. We are praying for you and Rajesh and family specially,
    Mira and Kunjumon

  24. Dear Dr. Rany and the entire Cherian family. I just found out today from Dr. Kakwan, Nov. 22, 2019, about Dr. Francis passing while at a routine wellness checkup. For me Dr. Francis was more than just a Dr., he was also my friend. He was such a warm and accepting person. I feel honored to have known him. I just don’t know what else to say. I’m kind of at a loss for words. With his love of people I’m sure he is with God now looking down at all of us just smiling.

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