|Jerome J. Frank
(7 July 1909 12 July 2004)
|Death Notice, The Dallas Morning News
13 July 2004
|Jerome Frank Sr. passed away peacefully surrounded by family and
friends almost exactly ninety-five years after his birth and eight
months after the passing of his adored wife, Emma Sue.
|Born in Kiev, Russia, he immigrated to Minneapolis at the age of
three with his father Samuel, a furrier, and his mother Ida, a
homemaker. He was the fifth of nine sons and two daughters. After
graduating from Minneapolis South High School he entered Weber Law
School in San Antonio. He completed his law degree while working as
a manager for Pauls Shoes.
|When his law practice in Houston proved too hard to establish
during the Depression, his good friend and mentor, Jake Mossacher,
promoted him to manager of Pauls stores in Dallas, Memphis and
Kansas City. When WWII arrived Jerry entered the Air Force as a
photo recognizance officer during the African and Italian campaigns.
He returned to Memphis, TN after the war to marry his true love and
wife of fifty-seven years, Emma Sue Binswanger.
|The young couple established their home in Dallas where Jerry
formed the home building partnership of Silver, Laughlin and Frank.
The family briefly moved to Memphis to help manage Binswanger Glass
Co. then returned to Dallas to found Jerome Frank & Associates
and the Dicker & Frank Construction Co. in partnership with
Eddie Dicker. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, they built residential
housing in Texas, Florida and California, military bases in Texas,
New Mexico and Oklahoma, and commercial properties in Texas,
Colorado, Tennessee and Louisiana.
|Of all his numerous building projects, Jerry always felt the
creation of 3525 Turtle Creek was his proudest and boldest
accomplishment. One of the first high rise luxury apartment
buildings in Dallas, it was designed by architect Howard Meyers and
was the recipient of numerous architectural awards. To this day,
3525 remains one of the city's premier addresses.
|Over the years Jerry built and managed commercial properties in
and around Dallas with his cherished friend and partner, Irwin
Grossman, and son, Jerry Jr. He was very active in Temple Emanuel
and served on its building committee and on the board of Golden
Acres Jewish retirement community. He also served on the board of
the Dallas Home Builders Association. One of his most memorable
civic experiences was serving for a month as the Foreman of the
Dallas Grand Jury. Afterwards, Jerry received letters from fellow
jurors on what an outstanding leader he had been.
|Together with Emma Sue he contributed generously to numerous
Dallas charities. Special among those are the Frank and Binswanger
Fresh Flower Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art and an additional
flower fund at the downtown Dallas Public Library. They also founded
the Heartstrings program, providing various student organizations
with tickets for Dallas Orchestra performances.
|Jerry is survived by his brother, William Frank of Dallas; son
Jerry, Jr. and wife, Helen of Dallas; son Dr. Michael Frank and wife
Dr. Molly Frank of Denver; Japanese AFS exchange student son
Munenori Hanawa and wife, Toyoko and their children Emi and Akahito;
Gay Mallon Lustfield, mother of three grand children: Dr. Tim Frank,
David Frank and wife Karen, and Shoshanna Frank, and three
grandchildren in Denver: Meghan, Michelle and Scott; grandchildren:
Jay, Andrew and Stephen Feinstein; two great grandchildren: Noah and
Hannah in Washington D.C.; sisters in law: Lenore Binswanger of
Memphis, Lenore Albavera of Benecia, Ca. and Ethel Frank of
Minneapolis; devoted nephews and niece: Ron Mankoff and wife, Joy of
Dallas, Marilyn Rovner, Betty Sue Morris, Jerrold and Sherry Frank,
Dan and Barbara Frank, Stephen and Billy Frank, Deanie Lerner and
Milton Frank, all of Minneapolis.
|Loving California family members include Barbara and Ed Prober,
Shelia and Michael Goldberg, nephews Michael and Dory Frank and
numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins in Minneapolis, Denver,
California, Virginia, Houston and Dallas.
|Lastly, a note of thanks to his beloved care givers for so many
years Aurora Benavidez, Judy Patton, Sue Fischer and Jan
|Contributions can be sent to the Frank Binswanger Fresh Flower
fund at the DMA or the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Services will be
held at Temple Emmanuel on Thursday, July 15th at 11:00 a.m. Rabbi
Gerald Klein presiding. Dignity Memorial Sparkman Hillcrest 7405 W.
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