Frank Alvin Brock
Published in Star-Ledger
on January 3, 2010
Frank Alvin Brock Jr.,
90, died Dec. 22, 2009.
Frank was born March 7, 1919 in Haskell, N.J., and raised in the communities
of New Brunswick and Highland Park, N.J. His parents were Frank Alvin
Brock, Sr. and Irene Boerckel Brock.
Frank's long life was shaped in part by the struggles, history and events
shared by those of his generation. Born the third of five children, he
was a gifted athlete mentored and taught by his father whom he called
his best friend.
Frank's success in sports led to a full scholarship to Rutgers University,
where he was captain of both the basketball and baseball teams. Because
of his leadership and accomplishments in sports and scholastics, Frank
was selected for Rutgers' prestigious Cap and Skull honor society.
Frank Brock graduated from Rutgers on June 8, 1941. That was also the
day he married Katherine Ann Steiner. Their 65 years of marriage began
that summer with Frank playing Triple-A professional baseball for the
Trenton Senators, part of the N.Y. Giants organization, while he waited
for his final orders to report to Fort Dix, N.J.
He entered the Army Air Corps as an enlisted man in August 1941. During
his military years, he and Katherine were stationed in Albany, Ga.; Laredo,
Texas, and Denver, Colo. First Lieutenant Frank Brock received an honorable
discharge in February 1946.
Frank entered a management training program with Public Service Electric
& Gas Company, New Jersey's oldest and largest publicly owned utility.
While a student, he had been a ditch digger for PSE&G. When Frank
retired from the company in 1979, he was a senior executive in charge
of industrial relations.
Despite these accomplishments, without hesitation Frank Brock would cite
his greatest personal achievement to be his marriage to the love of his
life - Katherine. They met Frank's senior year at New Brunswick High School
(1936) and were together until Katherine's passing in 2006.
During their marriage they raised their children in the communities of
Bound Brook and Glen Ridge, N.J. After Frank retired, they lived in Beach
Haven, N.J., and Beaufort, N.C. In 2001 they moved to Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Surviving are sister Eleanor Myers of Knoxville, Tenn.; brother Alvin
Brock of Whiting, N.J.; son Frank Brock III of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; daughter
Linda Brock of Kaneohe, Hawaii; two grandchildren, Frank Brock IV and
Christine Dery of Florida, and two great-grandchildren.
Frank Brock will be missed by many whose lives he touched in different
ways. As one close friend noted, Frank was "
.easy to know."
Perhaps it was a combination of his outgoing personality and genuine interest
in people and the world around him that made Frank a truly authentic man.
Frank looked back on his life with few regrets. He said he chose a career
in business because he thought that would provide the best financial opportunity
for his family. But he would quickly add that he wished he had become
a high school history teacher and baseball coach. He enjoyed being around
the youthful energy of those many decades younger.
In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to make a donation in
Frank Brock's name to a charity or organization of choice that supports
and provides opportunity for young people.
A service will be held Jan. 13, 2010, at Hawaiian Memorial Park Chapel
in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Visitation is at 5 p.m., with a service at 6 p.m.
followed by a reception. Casual attire.