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Ruth Marie Finley Frank

RUTH MARIE FINLEY FRANK, 96, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, died on August 14, 2021.

A private graveside funeral was held at Clover Hill Park Cemetery, Birmingham, Michigan, on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Rabbi Daniel Syme officiated.

Mrs. Frank was beloved by her late husband of nearly 53 years, Harold Frank (1916-99); her children Kate Frank Cohen and Steven Cohen, and Gale Frank-Adise and Stephen Adise; her grandchildren Jonah Levey and Phuong Minh Nguyen, Jedidiah Cohen, and Kate Dawson, and Amy Cohen Kläsener and Boris Kläsener; her great-grandchildren Khai, Khanh, and Vinh (Rosie) Levey, Ezekiel Dawson Cohen, and Dorothea, Aaron, and Josephine Schmitt; and her many nieces and nephews.

Ruth Frank dedicated her life and bountiful energy to numerous national and local not-for-profit organizations. A Girl Scout since childhood Brownie days, she devoted decades to the Girl Scout movement, holding many leadership positions, from troop leader to member of the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA. She also chaired the Girl Scouts of the USA National Bicentennial Task Group; the 1984 Girl Scout National Convention Committee; and was vice president and longtime member of the board of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Of her many contributions to scouting, Mrs. Frank’s proudest achievement — inspired by her interest in Colonial antiques — was as the innovator and national chairperson of the Advisory Committee to “In Praise of America: Masterworks of American Decorative Arts, 1650-1830,” an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., in 1980. The show commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1929 Girl Scouts decorative arts exhibition in New York, and brought together many of the finest pieces of American furniture and decorative arts.

Mrs. Frank’s knowledge and love of American and English antiques also motivated her to organize, and for 10 years chair the University Liggett Antiques Show, held at the school’s Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, campus. The benefit event drew leading dealers from across the country and gained recognition as one of the United State’s most acclaimed antique shows.

She also served on the boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra Hall; the Detroit Historical Society; The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit; Women's American ORT (national and regional); the Detroit chapter of National Council of Jewish Women; and the Women for the United Foundation, as a vice president, member, and chairperson of its "Heart of Gold" awards.

Born in Buffalo, New York, and raised in Syracuse, Mrs. Frank attended Syracuse University, later serving on the University's National Alumni Board, and receiving its "Outstanding National Alumni Award." Soon after moving to Detroit, following her marriage, she initiated and served as Detroit Department of Parks and Recreation Youth Archery Program Volunteer Coordinator for 20 years.

Mrs. Frank’s creative and energetic persona, her belief in and commitment to public service and volunteerism, and her leadership and generosity as a patron of the arts is an enduring legacy to her family, and the many friends she cultivated and mentored over her long and fruitful life.

Those wishing to further honor Ruth Frank’s memory may do so by contributing to:
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201-2444