Benevolent Dr. Frank Grant assured Dr. Jeff Martin that not all long-term
relationships were doomed. Though his marriage to wife Nancy Grant appeared
perfect on the surface, Frank was experiencing many of the same problems
as Jeff. In fact, he and his wife had lived apart for the last year. Nancy
was living in Chicago and was hardly ever back in Pine Valley.
1976: With Nancy officially moving to Chicago to pursue
work as a social worker, Frank had a lot of free time. He signed on the
train the newest doctor at Pine Valley Hospital, Chuck Tyler. Frank was
Chuck’s mentor. Frank had not realized what he had signed up for.
Chuck was assigned to the dangerous case treating injured prostitute Donna
Beck. Her pimp, Tyrone, wanted his property back. One day, Frank witnessed
Tyrone attack Chuck with a knife. Frank intervened, revealing that he
was a black belt in the martial arts.
The distance proved to be too much for Frank and Nancy. Frank filed for
a divorce. He almost immediately began a relationship with nurse Caroline
Murray. Caroline was a Vietnam veteran. Frank helped Caroline get over
her memories of the front lines.
When Nancy came back to town, Frank was willing to give her one last chance.
They slept together but Nancy was harboring a secret. She was already
dating another man.
Frank and Caroline married.
1978: Frank was happy with Caroline, but his heart sunk
at the thought of Nancy’s pain. He fiancée, Carl Blair, died
in an airplane crash. When Nancy gave birth to his son, Carl Blair, jr.,
Frank took it upon himself to be a father figure. The more time he spent
with Nancy, the more his current marriage began to unravel. His feelings
for Nancy were still very much alive.
Frank found out Nancy had been lying to him about Carl: he was in fact
his son. In an argument with Nancy, she admitted Caroline had known the
truth as well. He could not handle Caroline’s deception, and asked
for a divorce.
1980: Nancy was making plans to marry again, this time
to Frank’s colleague Dr. Russ Anderson. Frank wanted to be a part
of his son’s life. But most of all, he was still in love with Nancy.
He had all but given up hope the night she was to marry Russ. He was in
for a surprise when Nancy arrived on his doorstep. She finally professed
her love for him. The Grants remarried that Thanksgiving.
Frank opened his home to his sister’s son, Jesse Hubbard. Jesse
had fallen by the wayside, dropping out of college and getting in trouble
in Center City. Frank hoped that Pine Valley would help him focus on his
furture. Jesse tested this hospitality when he left a lit cigarette that
almost burned down the Grant home.
1982: Angie Baxter was a candy stripper at the hospital
when Frank first took notice of her. He thought the responsible young
woman was perfect for Jesse. He invited her over for dinner, but she and
Jesse did not hit it off right away. But Frank recognized their antagonism
to be a result of their underlying affection for each other.
Les Baxter did not approve of Jesse and Angie's relationship. Druing a
verbal altercation with Les, Frank suffered a fatal stroke.