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Lorraine Weiss Frank Lorraine Weiss Frank, A prominent civic leader, political activist and a member of the Arizona Board of Regents for the state's University system, passed away in Scottsdale on December 22, 2005, after a brief illness. Mrs. Frank was born in Tarrytown, New York, on June 7, 1923 and has been an Arizona resident since 1954 where she has had a distinguished record of service to the state and community -- Particularly in the areas of humanities, education, and health care. In addition to her service on the Board of Regents, she was the Founding Executive Director of the Arizona Foundation for Women and the Director of the Board of Regent's commission on the Status of Women in 1989 to 1991, heading a study of the employment conditions for women at all three state universities including recommendations for change. She was a Founding Board Member and the Executive Director of the Arizona Humanities Council from 1973 to 1989 and now the Council is sponsor of the yearly Lorraine W. Frank Lecture by a major speaker. She was the Director of Relocation and Social Services , Redevelopment Agency of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona from 1970 to 1973 where she managed a relocation plan for families relocated by urban renewal. From 1968 to 1970 she was the Vice- President of Arizona Job Colleges, Inc., and it's Acting President in 1969 and 1970 where she worked to develop a long-range plan for a project to educate, train and rehabilitate entire families of rural poor and migrant workers. In her lifetime, Mrs. Frank has been the recipient of many honors and awards. She was honored by naming of the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement, Barrett College, Arizona State University, 2003; A Recipient, Susan B. Anthony Luminary Award, 1999; a Recipient, Sharlot Hall Award, given to "a living Arizona woman who has made a valuable contribution to the understanding and awareness of Arizona and its history," 1995; Honoree, (first year) YWCA Tribute to Woman, Community/Political Activist, 1994; Honoree, of Lorraine W. Frank Annual Humanities Lecture, 1990 to present; Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, University of Arizona, 1985; and the Distinguished Achievement Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University, 1985. Many of her civic and community service activities were in the area of education. She was selected by President Clinton to be a member of the National Council on the Humanities and served from 1997 to 2003; she also served on Vassar College, Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1997, the college from which she graduated in 1942. Always interested in young people, she was on the Arizona Committee for selection of Rhodes Scholars for nine years in the eighties and a Flinn Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee Member from 1990 to 1992. She was selected to be on the Arizona Center for the Book Board of Directors from 1991 to 1998 and she served on the Deans Council, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University. She was also a member of the University of Arizona Press Advisory Committee and served as the Vice-Chair for the Advisory Committee, School of Social Work, Arizona State University. Mrs. Frank was also very active in the field of health care. She served on the Congress of Hospital Trustees, American Hospital Association, Arizona State Alternate from 1990 to 1993; the Arizona Hospital Association, Board of Directors, 1989-1996; a Member, Council on Trusteeship, 1984-87; and Arizona Bioethics Network Founding Board of Directors, 1986; and also Executive Director and Treasurer in 1991. From 1992 to 2000 she was a member of the Arizona Medical Association and a Guest Member, Committee on Bioethics, Samaritan Health System Board of Directors, 1987 - 89; Samaritan Community Mental Health Resource Group, 1993-1997; Camelback Behavioral Health Services (formerly Camelback Hospitals, Inc.) Board of Directors. Other hospitals she provided assistance to were the Camelback Mental Health System where she served on the Board of Directors from 1985 to 87; Camelback Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital Association, Board of Directors, 1982-95; Camelback Hospitals Management Corporation, Vice-Chair, 1984- 89; Chair 1989; Camelback Mental Health Foundation, Board of Directors, 1981-84; and Jane Wayland Child Guidance Center, Board of Directors, 1967-71 She was also involved in the Harmony Alliance, 1990 and the Arizona Academy Sponsor of the Arizona Town Halls, Board of Directors from 1985-89. The Valley Leadership, Board of Directors (founding), 1979-83; and Friendly House, Board of Directors in 1965-69. In Addition to her civic and community activities Mrs. Frank was also very active participant in politics and active in the Arizona Democratic Party in many ways. She was elected to Arizona Democratic Hall of Fame as well as the Arizona Federation of Democratic Women's Clubs Hall of Fame; She was elected to five terms as Democratic National Committeewoman from Arizona and she was a Charter Member on Women's Leadership Forum. Lorraine W. Frank was the widow of noted Phoenix attorney and constitutional lawyer, John P. Frank, who died in September of 2002. Until his death they had been married for 57 years. She is survived by her five children: John Peter Frank of Jefferson WI, Gretchen Lorraine Frank of Santa Ynez CA, Karen Susanna Frank of Oakland CA, Andrew Weiss Frank of San Diego CA, and Nancy Josephine Frank of Piedmont CA and six grandchildren: Eva Lester, Joseph Lester, Shannon Frank, Drew Frank, Rosalie Frank, and Sam Frank, The family suggests contributions in memoriam to Mrs. Frank be made to The Arizona Humanities Council for the Lorraine W. Frank Annual Lecture Series. A memorial service for Mrs. Frank has been scheduled for 2p.m. on Sunday January 8, 2006, at the Evelyn Smith Music Theatre at the ASU School of Music, located at the corner of Mill Avenue and Gammage, in Tempe

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2005
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