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Lafayette Hall of Fame Member Frank Stanczak '49 Passes Away at 82

March 13, 2006

Re-printed from the Easton Express-Times

EASTON, Pa. ( - Frank J. Stanczak '49, 82, of Palmer Township, a Lafayette College Athletic Hall of Fame member, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, in his home. A three-sport standout in football, baseball and basketball, Stanczak was inducted into Lafayette's Maroon Club Hall of Fame in the class of 2003-04.

Born: In Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Frank and Anna Banas Stanczak.

Personal: He was the husband of the late Alice Brzeczek Stanczak.

He was a research manager for the Newspaper Association of America, formerly the American Newspaper Publishers Association, for 39 years, retiring in 1987. He played a major role in significant developments in newspaper production, including sharing a patent in 1956 for creating packless stereotype mats, and helping to develop photo plastic printing plates. During World War II, he was a Navy flier, stationed stateside. While at Georgia preflight school, he had the opportunity to play football against Pro Hall of Fame members, including Otto Graham.

He was a 1949 graduate of Lafayette College, lettering in football, baseball and basketball. In 1947 he received the class of 1913 award at Lafayette as a scholar athlete and was named the Lafayette Alumni Association of Philadelphia's Outstanding Senior in 1949. While at Lafayette, they beat the Yale baseball team on which George Herbert Walker Bush played, 4-3, on April 9, 1948.

In 2003, he was inducted into Lafayette College's Athletic Hall of Fame for football, baseball, and basketball. On his induction, he received a congratulatory letter from former President Bush. In the 1950's he played baseball for the Blue Mountain League in Tatamy and with the East Penn League for Easton. During that time, he also coached football, baseball and basketball for the Fleas Midgets. An avid golfer, he achieved a hole-in-one on the Par 3 11th hole at Macoby Run Golf Course in Green Lane, Pa.

Memberships: He participated in several civic and community organizations through the years. He was vice president of the Easton Suburban Kiwanis and St. Jane's Church Council in 1973. He was a lifetime member of the Fleas Club. He was a lifetime 50 plus year member of the American Chemical Society. He was also a member of the Lafayette College Maroon Club.

Survivors: He is survived by his daughters, Diane, and Judith, at home; Anita, of Philadelphia, and Alice Eelman, and her husband, Peter, of Ashburn, Va. He was predeceased by four brothers, Eugene Stanczak, Emil Kutyna, Joseph Kutyna, and John Kutyna.

Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 4049 Hartley Avenue, Palmer Township. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Finegan Funeral Home, 1837 Washington Blvd., Easton, and 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of the church. Interment will be in Northampton Memorial Shrine, Palmer Township.

Memorials: Contributions may be made to St. Jane's Church, Easton, PA 18045, or Lafayette College Maroon Club, Markle Hall, Easton, PA 18042.