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Frank Leonard MacArtor

AGE: 92 • Hockessin

Frank Leonard MacArtor, of Hockessin, died Thursday, October 1, 2015. Frank was a man who embraced his life with an ambitious, "can do" attitude, taking life as it came, molding it here and there to achieve his goals. He had a curious nature, was very determined and had a deep love for, and commitment to his family.

Frank was born in 1923 and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio with his parents Loris Taylor MacArtor and Leona Leonard MacArtor and their large, extended families. Frank received his BS in Chemistry at Youngstown College and his MS in Chemistry at the University of Tennessee, where he met his future wife of 65 years, June Duboise. Frank felt very fortunate to have met June and they were married in 1948. Over the years, a son and three daughters joined the family and Frank enjoyed being a good, active father. June predeceased Frank in 2013.

Frank and his family settled in the Wilmington area where Frank began his career with Atlas Powder Company as a senior economic evaluation engineer. Frank found his work rewarding and challenging, progressing through long-range forecasting, pharmaceutical marketing research, director of program development, and general manager of the Stuart Pharmaceuticals Division in Pasadena, CA, finally becoming a Vice President of ICI Americas.

Frank was a Humanist committed to extending the influence of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious movement. As an active church member and a natural leader, Frank served in multiple capacities in each of the congregations to which he belonged, as well as serving on the Board of Trustees for the local Joseph Priestly district and for the national UU Association. Visiting UU churches was always on his agenda when he traveled. Fundraising and new congregation development were favorite activities of his. Frank was instrumental in founding the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek in Newark, DE, where the library is dedicated to him.

Frank and June traveled extensively, especially after Frank retired, visiting the Swiss Alps, the Great Wall of China, the Pyramids of Giza, the South American temples, the Taj Mahal, Kenya, Antarctica and most of the 50 states, Canada and Mexico. Other activities included spearheading United Way fundraising, Master Gardeners and square dancing.

Curiosity, knowledge, family, wise investment, respect for all people, population control and education were important to Frank and he shared his resources to promote his values.

Frank is survived by his adult children, Neal Mac Artor, Karen Salot, Linda van Veelen and Trudy Mac Artor, as well as by his six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was proud that his children and grandchildren all graduated from college with at least an undergraduate degree and have applied themselves successfully in their chosen fields.

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Frank at 2:00 pm on Monday, October 12, 2015, at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Mill Creek, 579 Polly Drummond Hill Rd, Newark, DE 19711 (302-369-2712). A reception will follow at the same location.

In lieu of flowers, the family will appreciate donations to the United Way at the Linden Building, Third Floor, 625 North Orange Street, Wilmington, DE, 19801; phone 302-573-3700, or to a .

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2015
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