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Frank K. Isaac

Obituary for Frank K. Isaac

November 23, 1921 - May 1, 2018
Rocky River, Ohio | Age 96

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather


Frank K Isaac, 96, of Rocky River Ohio, beloved husband of Mary Lou, father of Corinne, Ruth Ellen and Frank Jr. passed away on May 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Born November 23, 1921 in Cleveland, Frank was the eldest son of Kaplan & Catherine. With his six siblings, he enjoyed a robust childhood on Cleveland's near West Side. During his West High School days, Frank had many interests, including boxing.

In those early formative years, Frank was most impressed with a close friend of the family who was an attorney. While other youngsters thought of becoming firemen and policemen, he envisioned himself a lawyer. Finances were a problem, but World War II solved that. Frank was drafted into the army. Fresh out of high school, he spoke fluent French. Most of the time Frank spent in the European command, he canvassed the rolling countryside as an infantryman. Eventually, however, the Army put his French to use and he served as liaison between U.S. Army General Rogers and the mayor of Paris.

Following his discharge, Frank utilized the G.I. Bill to enroll in Adelbert College, Western Reserve University. He graduated in 1948 with a B.B.A. degree. Frank then earned his law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School. He was admitted into the practice of law by the Supreme Court of Ohio on August 21, 1952 and proudly hung his shingle as an attorney and counselor at law.

Frank loved travel especially vacation trips with bar association members. On one such trip to Hong Kong, he met his wife Mary Lou. Frank fondly recalled memories of many countries he visited in Europe and the Far East. A longtime member of the Cleveland Athletic Club downtown, Frank & Mary Lou also belonged to Westwood Country Club from 1977 until his death. While living in Florida during the winter months, the avid golfers Frank & Mary Lou also enjoyed membership at the Atlantis Country Club.

When his partner John F. Ray, Jr. was appointed to the Federal Court in 1975, the law firm of Matia, Isaac, Ray & Elder disbanded. Frank subsequently joined Marshman, Snyder, Seeley, Corrigan & Isaac; and later re-united with John E. Elder to form Isaac & Elder. Very involved in his profession, Frank was a member of the Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Ohio Bar Associations. He believed mightily in the credo of the Ohio Bar Association, which proclaimed its mission "to advance the administration of justice to the afflicted." In that regard, Frank served as a founding member of the Ohio Public Defender's Commission. Notably, during his tenure from 1976 - 1984, he helped to win the freedom of a man wrongfully found guilty of murder and incarcerated on death row.

In recognition of his skills and reputation as a litigator, Frank was elected President of Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys in 1979. He also served on the Cleveland Bar Association's Ethics and Grievance Committees and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1980-83. And, he was appointed by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Celebrezze to serve on the committee which codified the rules of evidence.

An active supporter of Lakewood Little Theatre, Frank served as a past president of the Men's Advisory Board. He also served as a charter member and former officer of the Lakewood Shrine. Frank held season tickets to Cleveland Browns games at Municipal Stadium for many years, and a season seat to Indians telecasts in his family room.

But more than anything else, Frank enjoyed spending wonderful quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He loved his family dearly and they loved him back. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Hilda & Betty, and brothers Mike & Jack. He is survived by his sisters Alice & Delores, wife of fifty-years Mary Lou, children Corinne, Ruth and Frank Jr with wife Kristi, stepson Kent with wife Mary, stepdaughter Allison, and grandchildren Heather, Emily, Andrew and Alden.

Friends are invited to attend a viewing at 9:30 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 3 at St. George Antiochian Church, 2587 W 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44113. Burial to follow at Lakewood Park Cemetery, 22025 Detroit Rd, Rocky River, OH 44116.

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