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David William Frank (October 22, 1949 – June 12, 2017) was an American thespian, author, and educator, who taught in Boston, Massachusetts for 34 years at the Roxbury Latin School.[1]

David W. Frank
Born David William Frank
(1949-10-22)October 22, 1949
Baltimore, Maryland
Died June 12, 2017(2017-06-12) (aged 67)
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Cause of death Cancer
Education Friends School of Baltimore
Occupation Thespian, author, educator
Home town Boston, Massachusetts


Early life and educationEdit

David Frank was born on October 22, 1949[2] and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Friends School of Baltimore under the tutelage of Gerritt Blauvelt, whose teaching style Frank described as "a slight craziness under a veneer of respectability" that he himself would attempt to emulate many years later as a teacher at Roxbury Latin.[3] Frank went on to attend Harvard University, where he graduated with a degree in English literature, and then to receive a Master's Degree in Teaching from Stanford University.[1]


Shortly after graduation, Frank commenced a 40-year teaching career in English and theatre, the vast majority of which was spent at Roxbury Latin, the Boston-area high school that is the oldest in continuous existence in North America.[4]

In his 34-year tenure at Roxbury Latin, Frank rose to the position of Director of Dramatics in addition to teaching English. He directed numerous plays, including "The Love of Three Oranges" in a joint production with the Winsor School.[citation needed]

He coached the Roxbury Latin chess team. Meanwhile, Frank continued his acting career in a limited capacity, being particularly fond of Shakespearean roles.[5][6] He retired in 2012 to focus on his writing, becoming a published author later that year with the release of Monarch Man.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

David Frank made his home in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, the neighborhood of Boston where he taught for many years. On June 12, 2017, Frank died of complications from cancer at the age of 67.[7] He is survived by his mother and three sisters.[8]


  1. Monarch Man; Bradley Publishing, St. Louis, Missouri, 2012
  2. The Summertime Stomp; Sarah Book Publishing, Harlingen, Texas, 2015
  3. Vienna in Violet; Amphorae Publishing Group, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
  4. Henry and Cleopatra; Create Space Publishing, 2017


  1. ^ a b "West Roxbury Resident & RL Teacher David Frank Publishes First Book". 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Mr. Blauvelt's Moment". 2004-06-08. Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  4. ^ "The Roxbury Latin School". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  5. ^ "David W. Frank Theatre Credits and Profile". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  6. ^ Ed Symkus (2011-07-26). "Roxbury Latin Summer Festival Theatre Shakes Up Shakespeare". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  7. ^ "David Frank's Passing: A Message from the Headmaster". Retrieved 2017-06-13. 
  8. ^ "David Frank Obituary". 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-06-13.