FRANK OFF, who was well known among professional growers of orchids, died on Sept. 3, 1989, at his home in Somers Point, N.J. He prepared at Haverford School, was a member of Dial Lodge at Princeton, and strongly supported '26.
Frank left Princeton in June 1925 and worked at F.P. Ristine & Co. in Philadelphia until 1945, when he joined his brother, Louis, in the production of orchids at Brighton Farms, in Linwood, N.J. In the '60s, orchids were hit by a virus--a bad omen for the future of the business. Fortunately, the Off brothers were able to learn from growers in France the secret of "cloning," a process by which the heart of an orchid shoot is removed and subjected to intricate procedures that result in a hybrid. Frank rendered a service to the industry by mastering the process, which produced virus-free orchids in four years; older methods took nine years. The class will remember Frank as a thoughtful and quiet man who, with Esther's help, did so much for our class mini-reunions. His gracious gifts of orchid corsages for the ladies was typical.
Frank is survived by Esther, whom he married in 1952; by his five children, Madeline Frame, Louise Uhrmann, Kathleen Jaffries, Frank B. III, and George; by his brother, Louis, and sister, Esther Clark; and by 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. To all of them goes our deep sympathy.
The Class of 1926