Frank Speno

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Frank C. Speno - SAVANNAH - Mr. Frank C. Speno, a resident of The Landings at Skidaway Island, Savannah, Georgia, entered into eternal rest on April 30, 2013 at the age of eighty years after a valiant battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 18, 1933, Frank was the son of Dr. Leo H. Speno and Isabelle Mooney Speno. Frank was a three year letterman as an outstanding member of the football, baseball and track teams at Colgate University. After graduating in 1956, Frank served in the USAF Air Defense Command. He then earned his MBA at Cornell Business School in 1962. He accepted an opportunity at Corning Glass Works, followed by a textile sales position with the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1973, Frank became the Executive Director of the George Junior Republic in rural Freeville, NY. The GJR was a residential program for troubled teenagers in need of guidance and education. He succeeded his father-in-law Donald T. Urquhart for 17 years. When Frank retired in 1985 from the GJR, he then accepted a fundraising position with Colgate and later relocated to Savannah in 1997. Frank was a longtime member of the Board of Director Tompkins Trust Company, Ithaca, NY. He was a parishioner of the Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dryden, NY, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hamilton, NY, and St. James the Less Catholic Church in Savannah, Georgia. Frank's contributions to Colgate University include his 40 year membership on Maroon Council. He served as Director and Co-Chairman of Membership for many years, Field Director for Campaign for Colgate and Executive Director of Fraternity Management Association. Frank received the Maroon Citation in 1971 and served on the Alumni Council in the 1970's. Frank was a member of the DU Alumni Corporation and was a volunteer with Career Advising. He is survived by Shirley Speno his caring wife of 57 years. He leaves behind 6 children: Marianne S. McCreary (William) of MI; Linda S, Schwan (Thomas) of, NY; Kathleen A. Speno (Angela) of GA; Elizabeth G. Weathers (James) GA; Frank D. Speno (Krista) of NJ; Lee U. Potthast of TX; thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. A brother Dr. L. Anthony Speno (Sandra); sisters Miriam S. Brown (Bob); Ann G. Landwehr and Carol S. Trader. Frank is predeceased by their son, Daniel P. Speno. A Mass will be held at St. James the Less Catholic Church, 8412 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, GA 31406 on Monday May 6 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in honor of Frank Speno be sent to the Maroon Council ? Patty Caprio, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY. 13346 or Hospice Savannah, Box 13190 Savannah, GA 31416. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday May 16 at 1pm in the Colgate University Chapel. Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News May 3, 2013 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on May 3, 2013