FRANKFURT ROBERT EUGENE FRANKFURT "Gene" A native Washingtonian, died peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2014. He was 88. Born in Washington, D.C. on November 21, 1925, Gene attended the former Holy Comforter Elementary school where he finished at the head of his class and was offered academic scholarships to Gonzaga High School and the former St Paul's Academy High School (renamed Mackin and later merged into Archbishop Carroll High School). He attended Saint Paul's and graduated as Valedictorian at the age of 17. A World War II veteran, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating from high school and served until 1946. After the War, he went to work for AT&T's Chesapeake and Potomac (C&P) Telephone Company where he worked as a lineman, installer and repairman and repaired and maintained some of C&P's most complex phone systems, including the Pentagon's. His passion, however, was the performing arts. He sang powerfully and beautifully, and was an exceptional actor. He became the premiere dinner theater star in the Washington, DC area for the period of 1964-1980, and was widely recognized as "The Leading Man" for The American Light Opera Company (ALOC). He played the lead and/or served as the director for every major musical production, including Oklahoma; South Pacific; The Music Man; My Fair Lady; I Do, I Do; The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd; The King and I; Camelot; Little Mary Sunshine; The Pajama Game; The Man of La Mancha and Guys and Dolls. In 1964, Gene performed at the White House for President Johnson and the First Lady - as Captain Hook in ALOC's Peter Pan. He lived in the Rosemont area of Alexandria for 30 years. After he retired from C&P, he moved to Georgetown, Delaware, where he continued to entertain in local theaters. He also earned a BA degree in English at the University of Delaware in 1992, graduating with honors at the age of 66. He is survived by his son, Tom Frankfurt and daughter Wilhelmina Frankfurt, and four grandchildren; Maggie Frankfurt-Levin, Jake Thomas Hartmann, Ann Marie Frankfurt and Bobby Frankfurt. He is also survived by his sister Margaret Busch, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Michael Frankfurt and his sister, Norma Dunn. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate and honor his life in the Washington DC area this coming spring. The location, date and time will be made available to all of his family, friends and fellow actors so that they can join in the celebration. Inquiries can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be sent to Talent Unlimited High School for the Performing Arts NYC in the name of Robert Eugene Frankfurt. Contact email@example.com for information on how to donate. Your contribution is tax-deductible. Thank you.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 31, 2014