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May 28, 1943 - November 13, 2015 May 28, 1943 - November 13, 2015 Eleanor Frank died of cancer in the evening of Friday, November 13th. She was 72 and was surrounded by family and close friends in the home she built with Peter Frank, her husband of 45 years. Eleanor wished to be remembered privately, without service or formal celebration of her life. Her loss to our lives will be immeasurable. Eleanor was born in Los Angeles in 1943 to Joseph and Delphine Zazueta. She graduated from the University of Southern California with an accounting degree in 1965 and first worked for her father who had blazed a trail as likely the first Mexican-American Certified Public Accountant in California. In 1969, before a summer in Europe, she met Peter, another young accountant. In January 1970, they married and then moved to Tokyo for three and a half years both to work for Price Waterhouse. Eleanor, who valued hard work as well as a good time, dedicated herself indefatigably to teaching Peter how to enjoy any free time and extra money they had. Of course, first she had to convince him that there is such a thing as "extra money." From the outset of their marriage, Eleanor was game for any adventure - scuba diving, skiing, travelling Asia and Europe, and ultimately "her" villa in Umbria. In 1973, she and Peter returned to Los Angeles. Two years later, their daughter Vanessa Marie was born. Eleanor gracefully managed her career as a PW CPA, and then as a financial/tax officer, with being a fun-loving, always-encouraging mother. She worked for an entertainment business management firm, then in real estate accounting, and finally in publishing. She retired in 1990; thereafter devoting her time to support a variety of cultural organizations, especially those committed to arts for children such as co-chairing the Center Theater Group Associates. In 1985, she and Peter visited Santa Fe for the first time to enjoy the opera. Over the following summers they fell for the magic, collegiality, and ease of life of Santa Fe and decided to make it their ultimate home. Eleanor moved full time to New Mexico in 2002, while Peter, after retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers, worked in Greenwich, Connecticut and commuted until 2006. Eleanor brought her characteristic bright smile and love of laughter to all around her in New Mexico, quickly forming an enormous, wonderful circle of friends. She contributed talent and energy to the Symphony, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Opera as well as serving on the Foundation Board of Performance Santa Fe. A testament to her infectious spirit are the mountains of cards, letters, emails, homemade cookies, and phone calls she received from around the world during her final weeks. She was astonished to count among her friends people of such accomplishment, wisdom, and breadth of experience, all of whom valued her determination to find the fun in any experience and her indomitable ability to maintain an even keel. Those who knew her loved her ability to skewer hypocrisy and refusal to take things too personally. Eleanor left this world feeling overwhelmingly blessed and lucky for her amazing ride. She is survived by her husband Peter, daughter Vanessa, grandson Benjamin and niece Lucy Zazueta. We miss her; our world will be diminished without her selflessness, wit, good sense, and grace. Should you wish to remember Eleanor in some tangible way, she would appreciate your considering: The Santa Fe Opera Resource Development Office, Attn. Robert Meya P.O. Box 2408; Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408 Or UNM Cancer Center Dev. Office; Attn: Dr. Cheryl Willman 1 University of New Mexico MSC07 4025 1201 Camino de Salud NE Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 22, 2015
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