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TiMIN MEMORIAM

 

 

 

It is with deep regret that the DAA informs you of the passing of Dr. Frank E. Frates Jr. Dr. Frates earned his dental degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in San Francisco, Class of 1933.

In 1936, Dr. Frates earned the distinction of being one of only twelve dentists in the United States to receive a commission in the United States Navy after a nationwide examination of 1200 candidates.

Dr. Frates was stationed aboard the USS Vestal in 1941, which was moored at Pearl Harbor, adjacent to the USS Arizona. On December 7, 1941, Dr. Frates earned the moniker “Fearless Frank” and a commendation from the Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as a dental officer during and subsequent to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He filled in for the absent medical officer, providing treatment to many wounded even though he himself was wounded. Dr. Frates was also the recipient of the following awards: Silver Star, Asiatic Campaign, Pacific Campaign, Atlantic Campaign, Navy Unit Commendation, Expert Pistol Badge, Expert Rifle Badge, Presidential Unit Citation and 2 Purple Hearts.

After retiring from the Navy, CAPT Frates accepted a faculty appointment at the newly established Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry. Known as the “Coach” (because of his love of sports) to his students, Dr. Frates was instrumental in guiding the establishment and shaping of the clinical program at the new dental school. The “Coach” retired in 1970 as Professor and Director of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and the Director of Clinics.

Dr. Frates was a member of the American Dental Association, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, and a founder and charter member of Omega Omega Chapter, the component chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, the national dental honor society at Seton Hall.

 

 

 

10/31/02