Professor Emeritus of History Frank Tucker passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. He was born Dec. 29, 1923 in Millville, New Jersey, and was 93 when he passed away.
Frank joined the Colorado College faculty in 1963 as a history professor, retiring in 1989. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, where he was a bassoonist in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Later he completed his M.A. and Ph.D. at Georgetown University.
He joined the Navy in 1943 and attended the Japanese Language School in Boulder. His Navy career included several years of service in Japan, involvement in the Naval intelligence school in Bainbridge, Maryland, and establishment of the Southeast Asian processing group in what subsequently became the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. He was State Registrar of the District of Columbia Society, Sons of the American Revolution, and a member of the Newcomen Society of North America, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Science Fiction Research Association.
Frank was the author of three books: “The White Conscience” (1969), “The Frontier Spirit and Progress” (1980), and “Knights of the Mountain Trails: A Century of Hiking in the Mountains and Parks of the Pikes Peak Region” (2003). Locally he served on the executive boards of the Historical Society of the Pikes Peak Region, the Colorado Springs Rotary Club, the Charter Association, the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and the Springs Area Beautiful Association.
As the oldest member of the Saturday Knights hiking group, which he joined in 1965, Frank enjoyed many memorable hikes and made many contributions.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 6 at Grace Church, 601 N. Tejon St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colorado College, Grace Church, or Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, South Dakota, 57770.