Falkenburg was a native of Florida, born to Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Falkenburg. He worked for several Miami theaters, including managing the Olympia Theater. He joined Wilby-Kincey of Atlanta, owners of several movie theatres across the southeast, around 1933. Prior to coming to Birmingham, he worked for two years in South Carolina.
When Falkenburg came to the Alabama, he brought in Stanleigh Malotte, whom he'd become friends with while in Florida, to the Alabama as its organist.
During his years in Birmingham, Falkenburg became involved in several civic groups and charities, most notably Community Chest and the Red Cross. Falkenburg allowed both organizations, and others, to use the Alabama for rallies. He was also an executive member of the Birmingham area Boy Scouts, charter member of the Vestavia Country Club, and member of the Birmingham Advertising Club, the City Sales-men's Club, the Birmingham Aero Club, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the Birmingham Junior Chamber of Commerce, and Young Men's Business Club.
Falkenburg resigned as Alabama Theatre manager effective in 1950 to establish his own business. He went on to serve two terms as Representative for Alabama House District 32 in the 1970s. Afterwards, he was active as a lobbyist for several organizations, including UAB and the Alabama State Nurses Association. As a lobbyist, he was instrumental in getting legislation passed making it easier for those exposed to asbestos to file lawsuits.
Falkenburg died in 1989 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was survived by his son, Frank B. Falkenburg. His family established the Francis S. Falkenburg Endowed Nursing Scholarship at UAB in his honor.
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