Lester Emmanuel Frankenthal III
Lake Forest, Illinois
Lester Emmanuel Frankenthal III, 92 years old, resident of Lake Forest, IL and Phelps, WI, formerly of Stuart, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 24, 2021. He was born on October 8, 1928, the firstborn son of the late Dr. Lester E. Frankenthal Jr. and Katharine Frankenthal Sulzberger.
Lester grew up in Hyde Park, Chicago and attended high school at the Harvard School for Boys. He graduated from Yale University in 1951, where he met his lifelong friend John Madden Jr. After graduation, he served as 2nd Lieutenant in the US Navy aboard the U.S.S. Skagit during the Korean War. He had a long career as a securities broker, and retired from Raymond James in 1993, succeeded by his partner and friend Alan Lazarra. He was the grandson of Charles Palmerston Anderson, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and an active member of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, particularly enjoying the choir there. He served as President of Episcopal Charities as well as a Board Member of numerous organizations, including the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and was honored by the Bishop Anderson House for his lifelong service to that organization established by his mother in 1948. Lester loved to travel and did so extensively upon his retirement. One of his most memorable trips was a circumnavigation of South America. He always retained his love of the sea, and spent a good deal of time sailing the East Coast on his beloved yachts.
The place he loved best was his home on Long Lake in Phelps, WI, where he spent every summer among his extended family. He loved dogs and always had a faithful companion by his side. His last dog, Mandy, a Springer Spaniel lovingly known as "Demanda," was sorely missed. One of his favorite activities was to throw the tennis ball into Long Lake for the tireless Mandy to fetch time after time. He often said he wore out before she did. He had a sharp wit and sense of humor that lasted even through his struggles with dementia. His caregivers spoke affectionately of his joking manner. His daughters wish to express heartfelt thanks for the care he received at Lake Forest Place, especially during the trying lockdowns of 2020.
He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Frankenthal (William Masdon) of Dekalb, IL, his daughter Katharine "Lindy" Washer (Glenn) of Alpharetta, GA, and his grandchildren Morgan and Rowan Frankenthal and Katharine Washer, as well as multiple nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Angie Baglione Frankenthal, his first wife Joan Calhoun Frankenthal, his brother Charles Palmerston Anderson Frankenthal (Ann) and his sister Katharine Frankenthal McMillan (late Robert).
A service will be held October 9, 2021 at 11 am at Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 East Westminster Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045, with a Celebration of Life to follow at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bishop Anderson House, 1653 West Congress Parkway, Chicago IL, 60612, or to The Art Institute of Chicago Annual Fund, www.artic.edu
Published by Chicago Tribune on Aug. 22, 2021.