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Manufacturing executive

Frank Willard Zurn, American manufacturing executive. Recipient Distinguished Service award American Heart Association, 1962, Distinguished Achievement award, 1963; medallion of Achievement, Golden Slipper Square Club Philadelphia, 1968; Thompson Memorial Trophy award, 1974.


Zurn, Frank Willard was born on January 18, 1927 in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Melvin Ackerman and Marion (Schmid) Zurn.


Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University, 1950. Doctor of Laws, Villa Maria College, 1971.


With Zurn Industries, Inc., Erie, senior vice president, treasurer, 1962-1965, president, 1965-1973, chairman, 1973-1984, vice chairman, from 1984, also board directors. Director Penn Bank-Erie. Lecturer Cornell School Mechanical Engineering, Harvard Graduate School Business.


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Secretary Pennsylvania State Park and Harbor Commission, Erie, 1959-1967. President Erie Conference Community Development, 1976-1977, director, since 1973. President Northwest Pennsylvania Heart Association, 1961.

Board directors Pennsylvania Heart Association, 1961-1963, Erie Young Men’s Christian Association, 1959-1965, United Way Erie County, since 1960. Board corporators Hamot Medical Center, Erie, since 1960. Trustee St. Vincent Health Center, Erie, 1966-1976, trustee emeritus, since 1976, vice president board, 1970-1973, president, 1973-1974, chairman, 1974-1976.

Trustee St. Vincent Foundation Health and Human Services, since 1981. Member council Cornell University, since 1965, trustee, 1971-1976. President trustees Erie Day School, 1966.

President lay advisory board Villa Maria College, Erie, 1966-1967, trustee, since 1969, chairman board trustees, 1969-1973. Trustee Choate School, 1972-1980. Member World Business Council, since 1977.

Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1945-1946. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (chairman Erie section 1952, chairman membership development committee region V 1953-1954, certified of award 1955), American Society Naval Engineers, Association Iron and Steel Engineers, Cornell Society Engineers, Navy League (director Erie council 1966-1968), Newcomen Society North America, Association Governing Boards Universities and Colleges, Society Automotive Engineers, International Order Blue Gavel, Society Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, United States Yacht Racing Union, United States International Sailing Association (associate), National Society Professional Engineers, Chief Executives Organization, Inter-lake Yachting Association (trustee 1972-1977), Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce (director since 1983), Epsilon Association, Sigma Phi, Pi Gamma Mu (honorary) Clubs: Erie (Erie) (board governors 1964-1967), Yacht (Erie) (commodore 1962), Aviation Country (Erie), Kahkwa (Erie). Great Lakes Cruising (Chicago), Chicago Yacht (Chicago).

Mark's (London); Swedish Cruising (Stockholm) (United States Great Lakes representative). Cornell Northwest Pennsylvania (founder, past president). New York Yacht (New York City).

Storm Trysail (Larchmont, New York ).


Children by previous marriage: Karen Davis Zurn Peterson, Peter Henry, Heidi Marian, Lisa Susan, Douglas Ackerman.

Melvin Ackerman Zurn

Marion (Schmid) Zurn