Frank K. Hoover, 88, lived a life of service to others. Mr. Hoover, a life-long Evanston resident, died of natural causes Sept. 22, in Evanston Hospital, with family by his side.
An alderman in Evanston for more than 20 years, he continued to serve his community well into his later years. Mr. Hoover was a frequent contributor to the editorial pages of the Chicago Tribune, with letters reflecting his dedication to his country and his fellow man.
A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in chemical engineering, Mr. Hoover served as an U.S. Naval officer in the Pacific during World War II, which included action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Upon returning from the service, he married his wife of 65 years, Mary Anne.
While working in the chemical industry, at age 34, he was elected alderman, a position he held for more than 20 years. Among his favorite accomplishments was leading the effort to save Evanston’s beautiful vintage streetlights from generic modernization.
Mr. Hoover also served on the board of directors of many community organizations throughout his life, including Evanston Hospital, the Evanston YMCA, The Presbyterian Home, and The Mather Home. Dedicated to his faith, he was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston for many years, serving on countless committees. Mr. Hoover also served as chairman of the board of Camp Koochiching, in International Falls, Minn., a camp where he and many of his family developed their love of nature.
Mr. Hoover sailed most of his life, starting with his first boat in Wilmette Harbor while still in high school. Later, he and his wife loved cruising the Great Lakes in their boat, the O-Be-Joyful. Mr. Hoover also was passionate about skiing, tennis, and music, traits he passed on to his four sons.
Family and friends say those who were lucky enough to have known him were touched by his kindness, patience, wisdom and integrity. He was, by any definition, a good man.
Mr. Hoover is survived by his wife Mary Anne, and his four sons, Richard, William, Thomas, and David, their wives, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for Monday, Oct. 3, at 4 pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.