Frank was the first editor to sit down with me at the SCBWI, at the Cocoanut Grove, to look over all my portfolio work and all my manuscripts (Sue Alexander had arranged for me to meet with him and I had no idea that I was meeting such a distinguished, sensitive, and very creative executive) and he told me that I had talent, that he wanted to help me and that we would be friends. And we were friends. Our first interview, scheduled to last 30 minutes went on for almost two hours. I was astonished, thrilled, lit afire with new enthusiasm, and felt as if I really could become a published author-artist. And when my life had some dark moments (death of my mother, divorce, bad health), Frank scooped me up at the conference and literally took care of me. He was a hero then and he is a hero now. I send my heartfelt sympathies to his spouse and to his family and friends. Love, Deborah Nourse Lattimore
I knew Frank for nearly forty years, as an editor of some of my earliest books, as a member and eventually as Chair of the SCBWI Board of Advisors, and especially as a cherished friend. Always warm, knowledgeable, insightful and funny. Frank, you are deeply missed by the thousands of people you touched
Frank was one of the first editors I met in publishing who made me laugh and made me feel completely welcome, at home in an industry he loved. I will miss his humor and his insights. Frank, you are missed.
Frank's presence in my life spans over 50 years, from my early days in college, through first jobs, adult responsibilities and facing old age. I will miss his passion for opera and his wonderfully witty approach to life. His death leaves a sizable void in my life, but I am so grateful for the time that he and I shared across the year.
Marion Heacock (Philadelphia, PA)
I don't even remember when I met Frank - it seems he was always there, in my
grownup life. My partner, Win, and I had some lovely visits with Frank, here in NY and at his country home upstate, and it seems we were always laughing.
It made us so happy to hear he and Kieran were tying the knot, as we had
"jumped the broom" just a short time before. We will miss him terribly.
Barbara Seuling and Winnette Glasgow (NYC & Vermont)
Although we had not seen each other in years, I have much to be thankful for in those years as college roommates (and for year after college in between my marriages). It was Frank who took a boy from a small south Jersey town, and educated him to ways of the theatre, opera and ballet. I remember him keeping statistics on the theatre much as I would on the world of baseball. Our spring vacation trips to the theatre in NYC and then again in September before our college year began. Thank you, Frank, for the wonderful memories and the cultural appreciation that you started developing in me, for which I will always be grateful.
I met Frank in 1993 @ my 1st SCBWI conference in LA - we clicked the minute we met & spent many happy hours over the yrs talking & laughing at conferences - RIP dear Frank - u will be missed by all who knew you ...
I met Frank through SCBWI where he generously shared his knowledge of the publishing industry from my rookie days forward, something that I appreciated more than he could ever know. I'll remember him for his skill as an editor, for his expansive spirit and for his great sense of humor.
Frank was extremely kind to me from the time I was a newbie librarian, always welcoming and generous. Later, as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, he showed that same kindness and generousity of spirit when I joined the board. I miss him.
I am Frank's cousin and have many memories from our youth years. I especially loved the family dashund "Schultz" since I am much younger than Frank. The time I recall most from adulthood was when I met with Frank on my tour of London for lunch and a breath taking climb up the streps of Saint Paul Cathedral to view the famous dome. I hoped to touch bases with Frank this April, but will now have to meet in spirit
Frank was the friend I've known the longest. We met at the opera in 1962, and remained friends ever since. I'll sincerely miss him and our long, weekly phone conversations.
Frank and I were friends and colleagues for more years than I can count. He was unflaggingly generous with his time and knowledge, and always knew how to laugh. His death leaves a huge hole in the publishing industry, and especially at SCBWI, but more importantly in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.--Jane Yolen