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Dec.17, 2008

Vol. 109, No. 6


Frank Neil Aschemeyer ’51

Published in the Dec.17, 2008, issue

Neil was born June 18, 1929, in St. Louis, Mo.

A history major, he was a member of the Pre-Law Society and Prospect Club, and roomed with Robert Brown. He earned his law degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1954 and practiced law in St. Louis for the next 20 years. During this time he was a Democratic delegate to the Missouri state legislature from 1959 to 1963. From 1974 to 1977 he was general counsel for Gateway Transportation Co. in La Crosse.

Neil’s career in the judiciary commenced in 1977, when he first was appointed an administrative law judge in the Social Security Administration. In 1979 he had a heart attack and was advised to have bypass surgery; instead he tackled the problem with exercise and diet. Within 10 months he was running 45 miles a week and had reduced his weight from 183 to 147 pounds.

Neil’s marriage to Lois Banzet ended in divorce. They were the parents of Eric, Mark, and Lise Duraes. He died Dec. 23, 2007, at home in Oakland, Calif., and is survived by Rachel, his wife and partner of 18 years; his children; and four grandchildren.

The Class of 1951

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Lise Duraes Says:

2010-03-02 14:31:23

I loved him and admired him! His death makes me realize how precious life is! To all who knew him, I wish them the best! Lise (his daughter)

Eric Aschemeyer Says:

2010-05-26 10:51:45

I still think about you, Dad, even though it has been over two years, and I find myself reminded by some simple things you taught me like take the time to always look things up yourself and I try to never give up on what's important, even when I get discouraged. Love, Eric
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