Ivan D. Frantz Jr.
Frantz, Ivan D. Jr., MD Born January 16, 1916 in Smithville, West Virginia Dr. Frantz was a long time member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He did his undergraduate studies at Duke University and graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1941. After an internship at Springfield, MA Hospital, where he also met his wife, he joined the Navy. He served as Flight Surgeon on the aircraft carriers Ranger in the Atlantic and Essex in the South Pacific, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander and being awarded a Bronze Star for Valor. At the conclusion of WWII he took a position in the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he began his research into the relationship of cholesterol and heart disease. He moved to the University of Minnesota as the Clark Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry and Chief of Cardiovascular Research in 1954. His early work defined the intermediary pathways of cholesterol metabolism, but later in his career his research interests became more clinical. He was principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health funded Minnesota Heart Study that linked diet, cholesterol and heart disease. He served in many local and national professional organizations, including as president of the Minnesota Heart Association. He ranks among the top 5% in history of NIH grant recipients, and is responsible for the training of many more well known investigators. Dr. Frantz was an outstanding musician who played solo clarinet with the Duke concert orchestra. He also played with Les Brown, and after graduation from Duke was forced to choose between accepting a position in the Les Brown Band and attending medical school. In addition to his professional activities Dr. Frantz was very active in amateur radio. He obtained his first Ham license, W8AKG, as an eighth grader. His subsequent call signs, W1PXY, W0WHM and W0BU, mark his moves across the country. He took particular joy in teaching youngsters including his sons and grandchildren about amateur radio and in helping them obtain their licenses. Recently he served as a trustee of the Twin Cities Repeater Club. He was also active with his sons as the Scout Master of Boy Scout Troup 48, based at Corpus Christi Church in St. Paul, MN. He leaves his wife Veronica of nearly 67 years, and five sons and their spouses, Ivan (Barbara Shephard) of Hingham, MA, Charles of Roseville, MN, Donald (Barbara Bobrowski) of Taylors Falls, MN, Karl (Judith) of Madison, WI, and Robert (Janell Grazzini) of Rochester, MN. In addition he has 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Arrangements are through the Roseville Memorial Chapel, 651-631-2727. A memorial service in his honor will be held in February. Donations in his memory may be made to the Midwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association, University of Minnesota Medical School, or donor's choice.







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Published by Pioneer Press on Jan. 25, 2009.
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Dear Frantz Family, I worked with Dr. Frantz at the Lipid Research Lab in the KE building from 1973 to 1980. EVERYONE who worked for him loved him! He was rather shy but it did not take long to get him laughing that special laugh of his! Generous, fair minded, brillant, devoted to his family; these as just a few of the things I fondly recall about Ivan. We always enjoyed talking with him about all his extra curricular actvities! I had planned to attend the memorial service next week, but unfortunataly I will be out of town on a long awaited vacation. I really wanted to be there to "pay my respects." Bill Swing, another lab worker will be attending to "represent" Lipid Research Lab.

Dr. Frantz, God Bless you! You will live on in the memories of all of those who's life you have touched ~
Diane Harrington Goldman
February 6, 2009
On behalf of the members of the Twin Cities Repeater Club please accept our sincere condolances for the loss of your loved one, Ivan Frantz. Ivan was a founding member of our club and served as a teacher, leader and friend for over 30 years. He will be profoundly missed.

Aurther Johnson, WBØJMG
President, Twin Cities Repeater Club
Aurther Johnson
January 31, 2009
May God be with you on your journey.
John Barnett/N0OT
January 31, 2009
A life well lived and a very fitting obituary. Please accept our condolences. We are sure he is very proud of you.
John and Lisa Fiascone
John and Lisa Fiascone
January 29, 2009
May God Bless you on your other journey,I have never meet you but as a ham myself we are all brothers.
Rest in Peace
Dave Wierstad (WXOMAN)
January 28, 2009
My deepest condolences to all of Ivan's family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

I immediately knew him to be a very special sort of man from the first time I met him, through our mutual interest in Amateur Radio. He was actually one of the teachers who helped me to get my first Ham Radio license.

I was fascinated to learn early in our association of a small part of his medical background, perhaps because of my own employment as a clinician and educator at the U of Mn College of Pharmacy and Minneapolis VA Medical Center. I am saddened to realize how much more there was to learn about him, had my own life's work in healthcare not kept me so busy, at a time when his declining health kept him away from activities that we had previously shared together.

What a rich, full life he had, and how graciously and generously he shared his knowledge and abilities with others. I feel honored to have known him at all, and know that his legacy will live on even now that he has passed on to his next new adventure after this life on Earth.

WØBU THX 4 ALL ET 73 DE WØJT
(Ivan, thanks for everything, and best wishes from
John P. Toscano, Pharm.D., WØJT)
John Toscano
January 28, 2009
What an honor to be able to take care of Dr. Ivan in his last years. After a lifetime devoted to heling others finally is was his time to receive some help. In knowing and caring for Ivan we also developed a love and respect for Vee and the rest of the Frantz family, especially Charlie. Our time with Ivan was only a glimpse of his wonderful life. We are sad with the loss but trust that Ivan is in the loving arms of his creator and we thank God for the opportunity of being part of the Frantz family.
John and all of the staff of the Boss Neighborhood at Lyngblomsten
John Maidl
January 28, 2009
My condolences to the entire Frantz family. Ivan led a remarkable life and touched many people. I met him through his Amateur Radio hobby and will always value his advice.
Patrick Cain
January 27, 2009
My Sincere Condolances KC0LYY
January 27, 2009
With deep sadness and sympathy to you and your family, my condolences. Ivan will be missed by everyone he has touched, professionally, through his hobbies and his generosity.
Terry Wesley
January 26, 2009
Vie and family,
Sorry to hear of Ivans passing. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. From your friends,
Rose and Jim Ryan
Ruth Sullivan (daughter)
January 26, 2009
Linda Murphy
January 26, 2009