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Arthur Fr​ankston, 87, Law Professor

September 14, 2006
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Arthur Saul Frankston, 87, a longtime professor at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa., died Sept. 9 at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life. A resident of North Wales, he was formerly of Harrisburg; Pittsburgh; and Pompano Beach, Fla.

Frankston graduated from Allderdice High School, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Law School. He did postgraduate study at the Yale University School of Law.

After military service during World War II, he received an honorable discharge, clerked for a federal judge and engaged briefly in the private practice of law in Pittsburgh.

From 1956 until 1995, Frankston taught torts, law and medicine, conflicts of law, insurance and other topics to generations of law students at Dickinson, including two of his own daughters. During that time, he served as assistant to the dean, and established collaboration between Dickinson and the Hershey Medical Center, where he taught legal issues to medical students.

Frankston shared his legal teaching talents in programs ranging from Hebrew University in Jerusalem to Florence, It-aly. He helped establish Dauphin County Legal Services and was a consultant to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention in 1966, and later as executive director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Arbitration Panels for Health Care.

He was also editor of Laub's Trial Guide and the Pennsylvania Penalties Manual.

Frankston was a longtime member of Beth-El Temple and its brotherhood, as well as a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the NAACP, the Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy Foundation, the Betar Youth Group, B'nai B'rith, The Guild of the Jewish Home of Greater Harrisburg, and the Jewish Federation of Harrisburg. In addition, he was a charter member of the Chamber Music Society of Harrisburg and the Opera Club.

Frankston is survived by daughters Marian Frankston, Peggy Frankston, Linda Doernberg and Laurel Grass; sons Max Frankston and Arnold Frankston; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Annapearl Engelberg; a sister, Ruth Foreman; and a brother, Mortimer Frankston.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy, 3301 Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110; or the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, 1170 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013.


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