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Obituary: Lionel Howard Frankel

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In loving memory of our father, brother, husband, grandfather, professor, and legal scholar, greatly loved by his family. On Jan-uary 25, 2002 Lionel Howard Frankel left this earthly world after a 10-year battle with can-cer. His departure was peaceful in his home.

He is survived by his wife, Anne; children, Mark, Daniel, Zachary, Jennifer; brothers, Arthur, Ronald; grandchildren, Desiree, Alex; and extended family, including Phyllis, Leita, Renate, Wendy, and Jeff.

Born Jan 7, 1932 in New York City, Lionel graduated from Ursinus College in 1953, Yale Law School in 1956, and New York University School of Law in 1962 with an LLM. He served in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's office. Lionel worked in the General Counsel's Office of the New York Port Authority, whom he represented before the Supreme Court. He taught at Wayne State from 1962 to 1965.

Lionel married Phyllis Sarah Wilson in 1957 and relocated to Utah in 1966 to teach law at the University of Utah. He was committed to the classroom, teaching for 32 years at the University of Utah College of Law. He held an unwavering faith in the American legal system. Over his teaching career he taught thousands of students the fundamentals and philosophy of law. Lionel was beloved by his students who could remember some of his lectures decades after finishing his classes. He also published Law, Power, and Personal Freedom, among other scholarly works.

Lionel served on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, as a member of the Utah Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Criminal Procedures, and on the board of directors of the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. Always an advocate for those of unfortunate circumstances, he served on the board of directors of the Utah Legal Center for the Handicapped and the ACLU, and he founded and supported the Innocence Project, dedicated to absolving death row inmates who could be proven innocent. Lionel also served on the board of Congregation Kol Ami.

Lionel's marriage to Anne Taverne in 1998 was the culmination of a wonderful relationship that included travel, outdoor pursuits, and ranching in Torrey. Lionel loved the time he spent learning to farm in Torrey and spent many pleasant days there reading, chasing cows, playing with his dogs, and doing chores.

Lionel had an ardent respect for the land and its animals, a deep respect and empathy for people from all backgrounds and diversity, a strong dedication to teaching, and a lifelong commitment to justice and equity for all people.

The family wishes to acknowledge the kind and generous support of Dr. Ross E. Morgan and his staff.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a gift may donate to one of Lionel's passions, the Lionel Frankel Public Interest Fellowship Program at the University of Utah School of Law or to the Utah Rivers Council or Utah Open Lands conservation organizations.

There will be a public memorial at the University of Utah School of Law Jan 29, 6:30 p.m. Parking will be available in the Law School parking lot. Funeral directors, Evans and Early.