ProLiteracy Mourns the Loss of Long-time Literacy Champion
Marcella Frank, professor of English and well-regarded author of several grammar books, died at age 95 in New York City. Marcella was most recently professor emeritus at New York University. She was born on October 16, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY.
At the height of her career, Marcella was considered the most important author of English teaching books and was sought after to give countless seminars and master classes. Her most well-known book, Modern English: A Practical Reference Guide, benefited thousands of teachers and students engaged in the field of English language learning.
In the 1980s, she created the English in Action program at NYU, which taught English to speakers of other languages. This class is still being taught today and has helped many thousands of students from all over the world.
“Marcella was passionate about literacy and made many contributions to the field of English language studies,” said David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “She was truly one of the most dedicated and committed supporters ProLiteracy has ever had. We will miss her.”
Throughout her life, Marcella was a generous philanthropist, sitting on the Board of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit. She was a dedicated supporter of ProLiteracy, particularly the Women in Literacy program, which enables women and families to improve their lives through literacy and self-help projects in communities around the world.
Marcella held bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees from Columbia University. In addition to NYU, she held teaching positions at Brigham Young University, Montana State University, and the University of Shanghai. She was the recipient of Fulbright and USIA grants to teach and lecture in Morocco, Poland, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Costa Rica.
A memorial service will be held in her honor on August 4, 2012 at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. Dr. Frank is survived by her sister, nieces, grandnieces, and nephews.