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Of Alexandria, VA passed away peacefully at his home on January 11, 2017. He was born on December 7, 1943 in Ann Harbor, MI to the late William Klaas and Sadie Roelofs Frankena. Dr. Frankena earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. with highest honors from Swarthmore College. Dr. Frankena served as the Deputy Director for Antitrust in the Bureau of Economics of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). During his tenure at the FTC, Dr. Frankena also served as Assistant Director in the Bureau of Economics Division of Consumer Protection, and Deputy Director for Economic Policy Analysis. Between 1988 and 2004, Dr. Frankena worked as Special Consultant for Economists Incorporated. Prior to joining the FTC, Dr. Frankena was a tenured associate professor in the economics department at the University of Western Ontario. He has coauthored a book and authored or coauthored several articles on antitrust issues. Mark was an avid collector of antique office equipment and was curator of the Early Office Museum (www. was the beloved husband of 30 years of Kim S. Frankena; loving and devoted father of Morgan and Gregory Frankena; brother of Karl Frankena. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2 p.m. at Christ Church, 118 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA, followed by a reception. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 18 at Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, VA.The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the: Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center ( or the International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation ( Please view and sign the family guestbook at Arrangements by Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, Alexandria, VA.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 15, 2017.
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March 3, 2019
Mark was my first friend when I was 3 years old on Forest Ave in Ann Arbor Michigan. I named my doll after him.
Mary Ueberhorst Hartz
Montgomery Village, MD
Mary Hartz
January 24, 2017
Dear Kim and family--

We were so sad to hear the news of Mark's passing. We remember Mark with great fondness, particularly when we recall how Mark and our 4-year-old-at-the-time son James (now 21) bonded over early office furniture. Mark's intellect and dry wit will always be remembered. We're sorry we missed seeing you much since we moved to the West Coast, and that we couldn't be there for Mark's memorial. Kim, our thoughts are with you, and with Morgan and Greg. Bob, Randi and family
Bob Stoner
January 18, 2017
Kim and family, I am so very sorry to hear this news. Though we haven't spoken in many years, know that you all are in our thoughts.

Chip Kelly, Brooke English, and Liza Kelly
January 17, 2017
Dear Kim,
Our thoughts and prayers.
Barbara and Bill Myslinski
January 16, 2017
Dear Kim, Morgan, and Gregory--we are saddened at the news of Mark's death, and send our sincere condolences.

Linda Franz, Peter Sefton, Amy, and Will
January 16, 2017
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Charles Lunati
January 15, 2017
Beth Sirois
January 15, 2017
Dear Kim, Morgan and Greg,
Our hearts all go out to you. I'm so glad that Mark was at home when he passed and that you were all by his side. I'm sure that's the way he wanted it.

love, Beth, Larry, Natalie & Brett
Beth Sirois
January 15, 2017
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Greg Fudacz
January 15, 2017
The news of Mark's passing stopped me in my tracks, as I'm sure it did a lot of folks. Mark was always gracious and encouraging, and so giving of his knowledge. It's always a pleasure to speak with anyone as passionate about our hobby as Mark was. His passing has left a void. He will be missed. My deepest condolences go out to the entire Frankena family. Godspeed, Mark.
Greg Fudacz
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