Ad Astra – Frank Pritchard ’42

Frank Pritchard '42 (1920 - 2016)
Frank Pritchard ’42 (1920 – 2016)


Jack Rhodes '60 and Frank Pritchard '42
Jack Rhodes ’60 and Frank Pritchard ’42


Frank Pritchard '42, Jim Brinkley '43, and Tom Allen '43
Frank Pritchard ’42, Jim Brinkley ’43, and Tom Allen ’43


Peter Aposotolou '46, Frank Pritchard '42, and Bob Philip '40 at recent Graduate Luncheon
Peter Aposotolou ’46, Frank Pritchard ’42, and Bob Philip ’40 at recent Graduate Luncheon

Obituary as published in Seattle Times:

Frank passed away on January 22, 2016. He was born in Seattle in 1920, graduated from Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington where he began his interest in politics, managing ASUW campaigns. He was a proud Husky and a lifelong member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

Frank spent his early years summering on Bainbridge Island, and working as a camp counselor at the YMCA’s Camp Orkila. He served in the US Army during WWII as a captain in the European Theatre. It was at the UW that he met and married Jeanne Barto. Frank and Jeanne lived in Yakima, before moving to Mercer Island where they raised their family. Frank’s career in the printing industry began at North Pacific Bank Note Co., which he later managed along with Griffin Envelope, Bank Check Supply, Line Check Systems, Interchecks and United Graphics. During this time he served on the boards for University Federal Savings Bank and HomeStreet Bank.

Throughout Frank’s life, he chose to give back to his community through civic activities and politics. He loved the competitive aspect of elections, taking a lead role in the campaigns for his brother Joel, as well as Dan Evans, Slade Gordon, John Spellman and Arthur Langlie. He gave hours of service and leadership to Forward Thrust, Executive Service Corps , the Pro-Parks Initiative, and YMCA Camping Services. He was a board member for the Seattle YMCA, CAPRI, Woodland Park Zoo, Horizon House, the Rainier Club, Seattle Downtown Rotary, serving as president, Seattle Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the Cascade Land Conservancy (Forterra). In 1982, Frank was named the Municipal League’s Citizen of the Year.

Frank loved the outdoors. At the family beach cabin on Hood Canal, he spent summers waterskiing, swimming and boating with Jeanne and their children. Frank was an avid mountain climber and was very proud to have climbed all six major peaks in Washington. Winter weekends were spent at Crystal Mt. and traveling to ski races with family. He was a lifelong runner, participating in two Seattle Marathons.

Family always came first in Frank’s life. Jeanne was his trusted partner for 62 years, and his brother Joel was his best friend. He was proud of his children and most gratified that they all enjoyed spending time together. He lived his life as an example to others. He was caring, kind, supportive and a mentor to all who knew him.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne and brother, Joel. He is survived by his daughters Beth Perrow (Wade) of Gig Harbor, Jan Showalter (Jack) of Seattle, son Jeff Pritchard (Amanda) of Bainbridge Island, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Horizon House and his caregivers.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m. at
Plymouth Congregational Church
1217-6th Avenue, Seattle, WA.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to the Frank Pritchard Camp Orkila Scholarship Fund, 909 – 4th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104, or to Forterra, 901-5th Ave., Ste. 2200, Seattle, WA 98164.
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