MP "Pete" Frank III
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MP "PETE" FRANK, III, of Houston, passed away June 22, 2005, after a car accident. Born in Bryan, Texas, August 20, 1930, Pete graduated from the University of Texas in 1952 with a bachelor's in aeronautical engineering. He served as a Marine Corps pilot for four years. While working for the Martin Company in Baltimore, he earned a master's in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. In 1962, he joined NASA to help plan the moon missions. In 1968, he became a Flight Director for the Apollo program, working Apollo 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 17 missions and serving as lead flight director on Apollo 14 and 16. He was lead flight director on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and later became chief of the Flight Control Division. After retiring, he became an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and has been active in La Porte Habitat for Humanity chapter for 11 years. He is survived by Barbara R. "Bobbie" Frank, his wife of 52 years; daughter Janie L. Frank and her husband Alan L. Levy; son Jeffrey L. Frank; two grandchildren, Alissa Frank and Peter Frank; sister-in-law Anne Lathrop; nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church in La Porte 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. Interment services are at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Roselawn Memorial Cemetery, in Denton, Texas. Memorials may be made to the La Porte Habitat for Humanity Chapter, at P.O. Box 2087, La Porte, Texas 77572-2087. Paul U. Lee-La Porte Funeral Home (281)471-0123

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Published in Houston Chronicle from Jun. 27 to Jun. 28, 2005.
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July 5, 2005
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. All of the Stage West family's thoughts are with you and your family.
Nelson Claytor
June 30, 2005
It was with much sadness that I learned of Pete's accident and death. My heart goes out to Bobbie and family for thier loss. Pete will be remembered as one of the truely stalwart " team " members of our early MPAD and Flight Control organizations.It was an honor to have known and worked with Pete. His bright smile will be missed!
Clay Hicks
June 29, 2005
It was my pleasure to know and work with Pete. He was always the gentleman with a gentle smile and manner. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him. My deepest sympathy to the family.
Jackie Blanchard
June 29, 2005
Please accept our sincerest condolences. We felt fortunate to have quality time with your fantastic Dad during W. St. John visits, and also appreciated his timely advice at our wedding. Anyone touched by Pete feels the loss of a real "class act."
And Bobbie, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob and Bev Witzerman
June 29, 2005
Pete was a great mentor when I first began my NASA career in the late 60's. He was a fine gentleman and will be missed by his many friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with us all.
Nancy Hutchins
June 29, 2005
We were all so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very trying time.
Peggy Kruger-O'Brien
June 28, 2005
I will always treasure the time I was able to know & work with Pete. I was honored to work in the Flight Control Division when Pete was the Division Chief.
Gary Johnson
June 28, 2005
Our deepest condolences, the families thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Larry & Haley Lathrop
June 28, 2005
Pete was an outstanding man who contributed greatly to the space program. I thank him for those contributions and send my deepest condolences to his family.
Helen Reeves
June 28, 2005
Pete was in charge assuring the Danes would feel welcome at NASA, Mission Operations to diving with the Akumalers, he was at the top and will always be included with happy memories.
Allan & Mariann Albjerg
Mariann Albjerg
June 28, 2005
We've lost one of the true,unsung, pioneers of the US Space Programs. I'm proud to have known and worked with Pete since 1962. He was the most competent, yet unassuming, leader in my experience on Apollo & Apollo-Soyuz. I am also proud that he was a fellow aero engineer out of UT---"hook'em, Pete!"
Ken Young
June 28, 2005
Pete was a true gentleman and professional. He will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Randy & Gloria Parker
June 28, 2005
Pete truly was one of the really good guys...always prepared, always calm and steady, and ever the gentleman. Pete was a leader of rare quality, and all of us who spent time in his circle are better for it.
Gerry Griffin
June 28, 2005
May God be with you and the family.
"Dutch" & Dayle von Ehrenfried
June 28, 2005
Pete was my mentor and friend during my tenure at Loral. He was always there with a smile and kind word. My deepest sympathy to his family. Pete will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Louise Kern
June 28, 2005
Pete was an outstanding contributor to the space program as well as a true gentleman. My sincerest condolences to family and friends.
Art Nolting
June 28, 2005
Although I only met Mr Frank a couple of times I know him as an intelligent, humorous and honorable man whose children loved and respected him. His passing is a loss that will be felt throughout Texas.
Sylvia Mandel
June 28, 2005
Pete was a great model professionally and personally. He will be missed.
Ronnie Lanier
June 28, 2005
I am so sorry for your loss. Your are in all our thoughts and prayers.
Jerry Russell
June 28, 2005
Hershel Perkins
June 28, 2005
I am one of many that worked in the background at NASA. I know that Pete will be missed by everyone he touched throughout his life. We all have the upmost respect for this fine gentleman and his family. My prayers are with him and his family at this time.
Joanie McInnis
June 28, 2005
So sad. Pete made a real contribution to the success of our nation's Apollo lunar space program. I was his EECOM for some of the missions.
Sy Liebergot
June 27, 2005
This gentleman will be missed by many. He always wore a smile and was a delight to work for. I feel honored to have known him.
Connie Dunaway
June 27, 2005
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Max Kilbourn
June 27, 2005
Dear Janie--
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Wishing you comfort,
Suzi McLaughlin
June 27, 2005
Pete made significant contributions to the NASA effort. Having worked with Pete in the MCC and flown with him for flight reviews, he has always had my respect.
Chuck Deiterich
June 27, 2005

When Mom told me...I was just stunned by the news. I always thought y'all had the coolest parents. I still remember them dancing at my brother David's wedding...and everyone commenting how good they were.

My deepest condolences to your Mom, sister, and you on the passing of your father.

Jamie and Mary Bone
Jamie Bone
June 27, 2005
Well will all miss you Pete. I enjoyed working with you on mankinds Grand Adventure called Apollo.
Save a place up there for us will you?
Shelby L. Owens
June 27, 2005
My life was a lot better having had Pete in it!! We have you in our prayers...
Chuck Shaw
June 27, 2005
Pete, as I knew him during his tenure as MCC Flight Director, was always a true gentleman in a very tough assignment. He will always be remembered as a very classy colleague.
Alan Glines
June 27, 2005
Pete as ASTP Flight Director, always a gentleman in a tough job
June 27, 2005
Our condolences.
Edward Jiongo
June 27, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless
Norman Talbott
June 27, 2005
He made a difference.
Burl Kirkland
June 27, 2005
Janie---Your Father was hughly accomplished and I'm sure you loved him very much. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

Terry Gardner
June 27, 2005
I wrote you a condolence and it may have gone astray. I wanted to make sure you know I am thinking of you and am so sorry and sad for your loss of your father. Julia, R.H., Shay and others have been keeping me informed of developments. You will continue to be in my prayers. I will treasure the memories of your stories of your dad as well as the memento poster of Apollo 13. Your friend,
Anne Gardner
Anne Gardner
June 27, 2005
Janie, I am so sorry to hear about your loss and want you and your family to know that I am thinking of you.
Dru Highland
June 27, 2005
Janie, my sincerest condolences. I am so glad to hear that your mom will make a good recovery. Your friend, cnc
Charles Curry
June 27, 2005
Charles Pace
June 27, 2005
Pete was a great person to know as a CFI and a member of the Bay Area Aero Club. I have enjoyed the privilege of flying with him on a few occasions and I along with the other members of our flying club will miss him.
Michael Turoff
June 27, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Robert and Brenda Lathrop
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