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Frank A. Seiberling ’31

Published in May 16, 1990, issue

Frank died, Jan. 24, after a brief illness. He lived in North Liberty, Ia., a suburb of Iowa City. Professionally, Frank was a distinguished art historian. The youngest of three Seiberling brothers to graduate from Princeton, he came to us from Lawrenceville where he was active in dramat¬ics and debating. At college, he was business manager of the Bric-a-Brac and the Nassau Herald. He was on the debating team and served as treasurer of Arbor Inn.

After Princeton, Frank studied abroad for three years, and in 1948 he obtained his doctorate from the Univ. of Chicago, where he was assistant to the editor of the College Art Bulletin. For several years, he was supervisor of education at the Toledo Museum of Art. During WWII, he was stationed in Italy, and later in Vienna, as an interpreter. From 1946 to 1959, Frank was professor of art history and head of the school of art at Ohio State Univ. From 1959 to 1976, he was head of the dept. of art and art history at the Univ. of Iowa. During this time, he led the effort to build the school's art museum.

Frank's many friends relished his wit and affability, his unfailing courtesy, and his stimulating intellectual and cultural interests. He is survived by his wife Nancy and by four children and two grandchildren, to whom we extend deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1931

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