Otis Frost Jr.

Frost Jr, Otis Lamont May 26, 1917 - Nov. 6, 2012 Lamont passed away peacefully at age 95 in Palo Alto on Nov 6. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 70 years, Nelle Edwards Frost, his son Otis Lamont Frost, III, his daughter-in-law Judy Moeggenberg Frost, granddaughters Amy Katherine Frost and Megan Frost Belanger, Megan's husband Mark Belanger, and his twin great-grandchildren Helen Anna Belanger and Misha Frost Belanger, born Sept. 16, 2012.

Lamont's heart finally gave out. In 1975 he had suffered a massive coronary attack. As was his style, he worked on this problem with great determination, and lived an astounding 37 years longer. "Surrender" was not in his vocabulary.

Lamont was born in Wynnewood, OK and moved to Bakersfield, CA in 1929 where he attended high school and junior college.

In 1936 he entered Vanderbilt University and joined Kappa Sigma fraternity. At Vandy he met the love of his life, Nelle Edwards. He graduated with a BA degree in 1938 and drove back to California in his Oldsmobile coupe named "Little Nelle". There, he entered Boalt Hall, UC, studying law. He and Nelle wrote every day without fail. He received his JD in 1941.

Just before Pearl Harbor, he joined the US Navy. On June 17, 1942 he obtained leave to marry Nelle. Lamont served his country in active duty during WWII for four years, much of it at sea in the Caribbean, the Med, the Atlantic, and finally the Pacific. He saw heavy action as a Lt. and was gunnery officer on the Daniel A. Joy, a destroyer escort.

In 1948 Lamont joined Occidental Life Insurance in Los Angeles as an attorney in the law department. While working, he attended USC night school on the GI Bill and graduated with an LLM in Taxation. "Frosty" went on to become Executive VP and General Counsel at Occidental and Sr. VP at Transamerica.

Lamont was a speed reader and was interested in just about everything. He could talk at length about almost any subject.
He had a great ability to learn new things. When his son gave Lamont his Apple II+ computer, Lamont said it changed his life forever.

Lamont was a prize-winning amateur photographer. He particularly enjoyed photographing the National Parks on trips with Nelle, Meg and Amy. He and Nelle also traveled to many exotic places on photo safaris, from the deserts of Yemen to the mountains of Ladakh, with dear friends who loved photography.

He was a gentleman and lived a long and robust life, focused on service to his country, a very satisfying career, and great love and care of his family.

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 12, 2012