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An Award-winning, Service-filled Journey

A former president of our chapter's alumni association, a current class agent and a 2002 recipient of the Lehigh University Alumni Award, Brother K. Ted Franck '47 took some time to share with us his thoughts on the value of Greek life and the influence that Lambda Chi Alpha has had on his life.

 

Always mindful of the status of the chapter and chapter projects currently underway, Brother Franck has turned his life experience - from college to the military to business leadership - into one of brotherhood, teamwork, camaraderie and the ultimate - service.

This brief Q&A interview is part of an ongoing series designed to help us get to know our brothers better. If you know a brother you think would make a good profile candidate, please send his name and graduation year, along with your name and graduation year, to our alumni relations service: news@2stayconnected.com. Make sure to mention that it's for Lambda Chi Alpha, Lehigh University.

Why did you join Lambda Chi Alpha?

Rush time began in late summer before school opened. We came in right after Labor Day. There were no classes at that time. Several fraternities had contacted me. I had gone to the New York Military Academy, and I had to go up to Lehigh to complete my ROTC training. Another fraternity rushed me first, but I liked the fellows at Lambda Chi better. Lehigh didn't have enough dormitories for all of the freshmen, so I had pretty much planned on rushing a fraternity.

Tell us about your favorite memory of the fraternity.

I enjoyed living there. All of the fraternities had athletic teams. We won the off-campus football championship. The rest of the time I was out for varsity sports.

What kind of influence has the fraternity had on your life since graduation?

I stayed very active as an alum. I was president of the alumni association for many years including the time that we made the move onto campus. I was national chairman for the Living Accommodations Fund and chairman of the Board of Trustees. After a nomination by our chapter in 1975, I received the National Meritorious Service Award from our national chapter for the work I was doing to get the chapter relocated. We raised a lot of money. In June of 2002, I received the Lehigh University Alumni Award for the many leadership roles I have held. I believe the University considers me a well-respected member of the community.

With whom do you still stay in contact? Who would you most like to find?

I keep in contact with one in particular, Don Williams '50. I go to every five-year reunion. Because I am the class agent, I see some of the people who work with me. They are the ones who come back to the reunion.

Tell us about your family: Have you married? Do you have children?

Betty and I just celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary. We have one son, and he graduated from Lehigh in 1972. He lives in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and works for a company that sells school equipment. One of our grandchildren is a sophomore at Rhode Island. The other is a sophomore in high school.

What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?

My schooling was interrupted in 1940-42 by the war. I was primarily in the Aleutian Islands. I was back in '46.

Did you live in the house? If so, who were your roommates?

I lived in the house the entire time. Ed Dafter '43 and John Saylor '42 were my roommates my first year. It was very much like the barracks in the Army.

What do you do for a living?

When I graduated, I got a job in NYC with an export company, Picker International. I worked there for a couple of years. I managed special projects, determining where they should manufacture in Europe. I then looked for a sales job and took a position with Walter A. Braun Co.