At Elizabeth’s passing on March 5, 2008, at age 99, a bequest to Lehigh was made in memory of her parents to create the Katherine Gruger Frank and John Jacob Frank 1894 Endowment Fund for unrestricted purposes. A second bequest to the Columbia Public Library, which is located where John was born in Columbia, Pennsylvania, was also awarded. John passed away on November 29, 1957.
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Elizabeth P. Frank
Elizabeth P. Frank was the daughter of Katherine and John J. Frank, Class of 1894. John earned his degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University and, throughout his life, held more than 40 patents for improvements in transformer design.
Early in his career, John worked at the Philadelphia plant of the J.G. Brill Company that manufactured streetcars. From 1894 to 1932, he was with the General Electric Company and was responsible for the design of all large transformers produced by the company.
John was a fellow of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and a former president of the Pittsfield Chapter. He was a member of the national honorary science fraternity, Sigma Psi, and the Masonic Order.