Lenore G. Frank, 67, community, school activistLenore...

November 28, 1993

Lenore G. Frank, 67, community, school activist

Lenore Grace Frank, who worked for the Federal Communications Commission and was a school and community activist, died Friday of cancer at her home in Northwest Baltimore. She was 67.

Mrs. Frank managed three field offices for the FCC, the first one in Chicago in 1948.

"She was the youngest manager on record at the tender age of 21," said her husband, Donald Frank.

She joined the FCC in 1945, working in Baltimore and later in Washington, D.C.

The Franks were married in 1946 and moved to Chicago two years later when she had been transferred to take the office manager's position.

The couple returned to Baltimore in 1950, and Mrs. Frank was hired by the FCC in Washington to organize a new field office. She enjoyed her work but decided to retire in the mid-1950s to raise a family.

Her husband described her as a "maven" -- a Yiddish word for someone experienced or knowledgeable -- because of her vast knowledge on parenting, child care and general homemaking skills. Over the years many young mothers in their neighborhood sought her advice on these matters, Mr. Frank said.

Mrs. Frank also focused her energies on improving public education, taking an active role in many parent-teacher associations. She was a member of the Child Study Association and the Triad Guild.

Mrs. Frank also was active in politics at the ward and precinct level. In 1972 she campaigned for presidential candidate George McGovern, who won the overwhelming support of her ward.

From the early 1960s to about 1980, she headed LGF Services, providing administrative and managerial assistance to her husband, who had been recruited by the Health and Welfare Council of Central Maryland to direct programs under the federal government's "war on poverty."

By writing up the itineraries for conferences and programs planned in cities from Washington state to Florida, Mrs. Frank was critical to her husband's work, which involved manpower training and counseling, vocational rehabilitation and drug treatment programs.

The former Lenore Grace Sharp grew up on a farm in Baltimore County and moved to Forest Park as a teen-ager. She graduated from Forest Park High School in 1944.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jason A. Frank of Lutherville; two sisters, Rena Sugar of Pikesville and Bernice Stambler-Epstein of Baltimore; two brothers, Dr. Nathaniel Sharp of Westminster and Raymond Sharp of Pikesville; and two granddaughters.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, 318 Berrymans Lane.

Donations may be made to the Towson State University sociology department.

Dentral Idell Batts


Dentral Idell Batts, a receptionist at Baltimore City public school headquarters since 1978, died Monday at Sinai Hospital of cancer.

She was 43 and lived on Penhurst Avenue in Northwest Baltimore.

She had been a receptionist at the old city Department of Education headquarters on 25th Street and continued in that post at the new headquarters on North Avenue, which opened in 1987.

She began working for the school system in 1968 as a clerk typist in the film library office.

Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., and raised in Baltimore, she was a graduate of Edmondson High School and attended Baltimore City Community College.

She was a member of the Young Adult Choir, the Gospel Chorus and the Auditing Committee at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St., where services were set for 3:30 p.m. today.

Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Daisy and Willie Mott of Jessup; two stepsisters, Deborah and Linda Faye Mott, both of Baltimore; and four stepbrothers, Willie, Freddie, Therman and Craig Mott, all of Baltimore.

Bruce Alan Hathorne

Methodist pastor

The Rev. Bruce Alan Hathorne, pastor for the past five years of Asbury United Methodist Church in Arnold, died Nov. 19 at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington after a stroke. He was 39.

He had overseen construction of a new education and office wing at Asbury United while he was pastor.

From 1985 to 1988, he was pastor of Bethesda United Methodist Church in Damascus and from 1980 to 1985 was pastor of Galesville United Methodist Church.

Earlier, he was youth minister at Potomac United Methodist Church.

Born in Quincy, Mass., and raised in Bethesda, he attended St. John's College before graduating from the College of William & Mary.

He earned a master's degree at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington and was studying for a doctorate at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He was ordained a deacon in 1980 and an elder in 1982.

He played the guitar and wrote music, which he used in his services.

Services were set for 3 p.m. today at Asbury United Methodist Church, 78 Church Road in Arnold.

He is survived by his wife, the former Debra Mauller, and a brother, the Rev. Mark Hathorne of England.

Memorial donations may be be made to the Memorial Fund of Asbury United Methodist Church.

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