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Frank Emerson Hotchkiss


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Frank Emerson Hotchkiss Obituary
May 31, 1925 - August 17, 2016 Frank Hotchkiss, 91, died peacefully at his home on August 17, 2016, with his love Kay Lindahl at his side. Frank was born in Hinsdale, IL and spent his early years in Highland Park, Ravinia and Pine Lake, WI. He graduated from high school in 1943, and immediately enlisted in the Army Air Force. After his service he attended Dartmouth and then continued his studies at MIT, and IIT, later becoming a licensed architect. Frank began his career in planning and urban design working in architectural firms in Chicago and Denver. Arriving in California in 1954, he worked first with Pereira and Luckman and subsequently spent a number of years with Victor Gruen Associates, where he became Vice President for Planning. He then worked as Assistant Director for Urban Programs at TRW before joining the staff of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) as Director of Regional Strategic Planning. He relished teaching at USC, SCIARC, and UC Irvine and mentoring young people. He was married to Fran Hotchkiss 1952-1980 with whom he had two sons Tony and Steve. In 1982 he married Kay Lindahl and lived in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Laguna Niguel and Naples Island in Long Beach. A lifelong autobiographical poet, Frank recently published seven volumes of poetry: Skysongs, Stone Songs, and Shoreline Songs I-V, as well as a two part novel, California Dreamin'/Epilogue. His zest for life was apparent to all who met him, often punctuated by his robust baritone singing voice. A worldwide traveler, Frank loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hiking, transcontinental cycling, sailing, skiing, mountaineering in Europe and the US, marathon running, ocean swimming, surfing and paddling. At 83 he paddled with son Tony from Catalina Island to the mainland, and at 89 paddled around Point Dume in Malibu with his sons and grandsons. He is survived by his wife, Kay; sons Tony and his fiancé Audrey, Steve and his wife Audra; grandsons Logan and Kennan; brother Gene and stepchildren Andrew and his wife Joan, Wendy, Thomas and his wife Barbara, Victoria, Laura and her husband Zach and step-grandchildren Tommy, Madeline, Rebecca, Ryan, Kevin, Svea, Jane and Zinnia. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 4 PM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 525 E. 7th St. in Long Beach, CA. Dress is Hawaiian informal. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Surfrider Foundation, St. Luke's Music Program or St. Luke's Shower Program. An account of Frank's life and opportunity to share can be found on his Facebook page.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2016
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