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WILLIAM FROST

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FROST--William Lee. William Lee Frost (84 years old), Chairman of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, passed away on September 7th, 2011. Born in Larchmont, New York to Charles and Eva Frost, he graduated Bayside High School and served in the Navy during World War II before attending Harvard College (1947), Yale Law School (1951), and the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration (1958). He entered the State Department in 1952 and served as a Foreign Service Officer in Belgrade, Salzburg, and Bad Godesberg. Returning to New York City in 1959 due to the illness of his first wife, Judith, daughter of Charlotte and Lawrence E. Spivak, he re-entered legal practice specializing in management and investments until later becoming President of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. Always interested in health, he served as a member of the Public Health Council of New York State's Department of Health under Governor Carey, and as Chairman (1985-87), Treasurer, and Director of the New York Heart Association. He was also a Trustee of the Brearley School, the Collegiate School, Marlboro College, and Radcliffe College. As a student at Harvard, he was the founding President of Hillel and later, as a graduate, became a member of the Visiting Committee, Honorary Curator, and President of Judaica at Harvard University Library. He also served as a member of the Visiting Committee to the Harvard Divinity School. He was Chair of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust (1994-97) and on the Board of the Croton Aqueduct. He was also the President and a Director of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and a Trustee of the P.E.F. Israel Endowment Funds, Inc. His hobbies including rambling, whether around Manhattan, the Rockies, or Scotland, and often singing as he strolled along to whomever crossed his path. Predeceased by his first wife, Judith, he is survived by their daughters Rebecca (Mohammed) and Hannah, as well as by his wife Susan and their children Abigail (John) and Robert (Navah) and five grandchildren, Benjamin, Aviva, Cipa, Zamira and Ivry. Funeral services will be held at Riverside Memorial Chapel at 180 West 76th Street on Friday, September 9th, at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the institutions mentioned above.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 8, 2011
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