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Dr. Rudolph J. Frank I

February 24, 1943 October 12, 2018
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Rudolph Joseph Frank was born on February 24, 1943 in New Orleans, Louisiana to proud parents Joseph and Lois Frank. He was the middle child of three, between older brother Joe and younger sister Lois. He will be remembered for his devout love of his family, his immense intelligence, and his steadfast leadership. He was a patient, logical, and generous man to all who knew him and was much respected by his peers. As a husband and father of seven, he was a cherished and influential presence within his family. He accounted much of his drive and desire for achievement as an effort to provide for his family and position his children on a path to success. Even though the influence within his own family was vast, Rudy applied his God-given talents and gifts to make an impact that reached far beyond his family.
Rudy believed that education was a key to success, and always encouraged his children to “keep your eye on the prize.” He graduated from O’Dea High School in 1961, beginning an impressive educational resume. He earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Seattle University (1966), both a master’s (1970) and PhD (1972) in Electrical Engineering from Oregon State University, and a MS degree in Business Management from Stanford University (1981).
Rudy achieved a remarkable career, with professional success in the United States and internationally, holding several executive and influential positions. At Lucent Technologies, Rudy introduced telecommunications transmission products in Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, India and South Africa. He served as President of Cincinnati Bell Information System’s international group where he held responsibilities for all technical operations and served as the Chief Engineer for the telephone company, managing over 2,100 employees. Previously a technical manager with AT&T’s Bell Laboratories, Rudy worked on numerous projects involving national telecommunications services, international developments, and exploratory research. Through his industrial and managerial experience, he was appointed special assistant to the Dean of Engineering at Oregon State University, and was designated Bell Laboratories visiting professor to Southern University.
Rudy served as a member of the White House science and technology advisory committee on black colleges and universities, and on the board of governors for the Communications Society of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineering. In 1988 he graced the cover of Black Enterprise as one of the top 25 black managers in the United States. In 2011, Rudy was the first African-American to be inducted into the Oregon State University School of Engineering’s Hall of Fame for his accomplishments in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was the creator of BEST – Building Enthusiasm for Science and Technology, a program introducing underprivileged high school students to a hands-on experience with science and technology.
By far Rudy’s favorite pastime was playing chess. He and his dear friend Bill Holland (rest in peace) were known to burn the midnight hour with a friendly $1 bet on the table. He was competitive by nature and always open to a spirited game of cards. Rudy enjoyed fishing, tennis and basketball, activities he participated in often during his younger years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph John Frank, mother, Lois Agnus Frank, and brother Joseph Peter Frank. His memory will be long cherish and honored by his wife, Mazola, his children, Randall (Veronica), Kenneth (Dwana), Kori, Darrin (Cyslie), Ymee (Karonde), Jolene (Trenton) and Rudy II, his sister, Lois, his grandchildren Randi, Kendall, Jazmine, Emily, Kenny Jr, Justin, Dominique, Matthew, Alyssa, Kaleb, Zaya, Yannique, Kaya, Reina, and Charlotte, great grandchildren Zyhir and Carmen, mother-in-law Ellen Gibbs, sisters-in-law Lila Gibbs and Pamela Swader, brothers-in-law Harrison Gibbs and Hollis Thomas, nieces Reiko, Tiffany, Dominque, Theresa and Danielle, and nephews Bryan, Matthew, Harrison Jr and Antuonne, dear friends Bob and Diane Ingram and Rita Richardson Salley.
A special thank you to friends and caregiving team Melissa and Jerry Davis, Jerry Jr. and Tabitha Davis.

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St. Gertrude Catholic Church

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