Martin H. Frank '63

1999 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service

Marty Frank '63 wanted to be a clinical psychologist, but became a banker. He credits his Carroll education for preparing him to do either. Starting at Carroll in 1959, he was an active in Delta Rho Upsilon, Kappa Sigma Delta, band and brass choir. He wanted a career helping people with mental and emotional disorders, and chose psychology as a major. 

Fate intervened early, when it became clear he needed a part-time job to help pay college bills. He worked at Waukesha State Bank and stayed there throughout his college years. Forty-four years later, he had held almost every job at the bank from messenger to CEO. Marty gave credit to a foundation in the liberal arts. He strongly believed a liberal arts education can prepare students for just about anything the marketplace demands, supporting successful careers one might never intend or imagine. 

Frank was widely known as an esteemed community leader, dedicated volunteer and generous friend. He served on various boards throughout the community including Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Rotary International, Boy Scouts USA of Waukesha, Waukesha Area Chamber of Commerce and the Waukesha Family YMCA. He was a volunteer for the Women’s Center of Waukesha, La Casa de Esperanza and the Waukesha Symphony. His fundraising benefitted the Fox River redevelopment project, Catholic Memorial High School and the March of Dimes.  He was also instrumental in helping La Casa de Esperanza with its $2 million building campaign.  

Frank received the Don Richards Leadership Award for his leadership and commitment to the community. He also shared his loyalty to Carroll as a member of the Friends of Carroll College, as an adjunct faculty member, as a member of the Delta Rho Upsilon Fraternity Alumni Board, and as a volunteer and leader of the Waukesha Area Business Campaign for Carroll. 

Marty began his tenure on the Carroll Board of Trustees in 2002 until his untimely passing in December 2007. He was 66. His wife Suzanne continues to be an active member in the Carroll community providing scholarship support to worthy students in Marty’s name.

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