Frank R., 93, Historian Emeritus of Oradell, NJ passed away on January 26, 2017.
Frank was born in Oradell in September of 1923. He attended Oradell Public School from Kindergarten through the 9th grade. After graduating Dwight D. Morrow High School in 1942, Frank spent one semester at the Cooper Union Art School in NYC. His schooling was interrupted when he was drafted into the US Army Air Corps in 1943. Assigned to the 14th Air Force, Frank performed transmitter maintenance until the end of WWII at the airfield in Kunming, China, home of the "Flying Tigers."
After the war, Frank attended the RCA institute and was employed as an engineer at WNBC-TV New York. During his 34 years at NBC he had the distinction of working behind the scenes supporting everyone from Milton Berle and Bob Hope to more recent stars like Chuck Scarborough and Alec Baldwin.
Frank retired in 1983 and went on to become the Oradell Borough Historian in 1989. He did extensive research on the Hackensack Water Works, Blauvelt Mansion, composer Nelson Riddle, astronaut Wally Schirra and artist Ellsworth Kelly. In 1993 Frank received a commendation from the governor for "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year". He wrote a book for Oradell's 100th anniversary and secured a $200,000 grant for the restoration of Oradell's train station. Frank also served as publisher for the NBC retiree magazine "Peacock North". In January of 2017 he was appointed Historian Emeritus by the mayor and council.
Frank was predeceased by his beloved wife Lois and beloved son Richard. Frank is survived and will be missed by his sister Ruth Heald, daughter Elizabeth Vierling, granddaughter Elena Laswick, son Donald Vierling and his wife Suzanne, granddaughters Samantha LoBue and Melissa Belschner, and great grandson Shane Belschner.
A memorial is planned at the Oradell Public Library on February 19, 2017 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations be made to the Oradell Public Library, the Bergen County Historical Society, or a charity of your choice