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Bernard Frank, American lawyer. Bar: Pennsylvania 1939. Decorated Commander Order of North Star Sweden; recipient Distinguished Service award International Ombudsman Institute, 1980.


Frank, Bernard was born on June 11, 1913 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Abraham and Fanny Frank.


Bachelor of Philosophy, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1935; Doctor of Humane Letters, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1987; Juris Doctor, University of Pennsylvania, 1938; postgraduate, New York University, 1940-1942.


Worked at Frank, Frank, Penn & Frank, P.C. (Allentown, Pennsylvania) specializing in Estate Planning Law, Business Law, Nonprofit Corporation Law. Admitted to the bar, 1939, Pennsylvania. United States. Supreme Court.

United States. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. United States. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Author: "The Nebraska Public Counsel—The Ombudsman," The Cumberland-Samford Law Review, Spring, 1974.

"State Ombudsman Legislation in the United States," University of Miami Law Review, 1975. "The Ombudsman and Human Rights-Revisited," Israel Yearbook on Human Rights, Volume 6, 1976. Assistant United States.

Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1950-1951. Assistant City Solicitor, Allentown, 1956-1960. Member, 1960-1970 and Chairman, 1962-1970, Allentown Housing Board of Review.

Member, Board of Directors, 1977-1988, Vice President, 1977-1984, President, 1984-1988 and Honorary Life Member, 1991, International Ombudsman Institute, University of Alberta Law Center. Member, Board of Directors, Muhlenberg College, 1987-1993. Order of North Star, Rank of Commander, Sweden, 1980.

Member: Philadelphia, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Federal, American and Inter-American Bar Associations. American Judicature Society. World Association of Lawyers.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1939.


  • Other Work

    • Author articles on ombudsmen in professional journals.


Vice chairman B'nai B'rith National Commission Adult Jewish Education, 1959-1961, chairman, 1961-1963. Board directors Muhlenberg College, 1987-1993. With Army of the United States, 1943-1946.

Member American Bar Association (chairman committee ombudsman 1970-1976, vice chairman committee on public advisory public representation administrative law section 1984-1992, fellow administrative law and regulatory procedure section 2000), International Bar Association (chairman committee ombudsman 1973-1980), Federal Bar Association (chairman committee ombudsman 1973-1980), Pennsylvania Bar Association, Lehigh Bar Association, Inter-American Bar Association, World Association Lawyers, United States Association Ombudsmen (honorary), International Ombudsman Institute (honorary life member, board directors 1978-1989, president 1984-1988), Jewish Public Society of America (board directors 1982-1999, vice president 1986-1989, 94-98, life trustee since 1999), 94th Infantry Division (president 1953-1954).


Married Muriel I. Levy, June 19, 1938. Children: Roberta R. Penn, Allan R.

Abraham Frank

Fanny Frank

Muriel I. Levy

Allan R. Frank

Roberta R. Penn Frank