Bachelor, Williams College, 1934. Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, 1937.
He also served as minister in Tupper Lake and New Delhi, New New York He retired from active ministry in 1978. His published poetry collections include I Need a Century (1963), You! Jonah! (1968), Celebration (1970), Mistaken Identity (1973), Journey with Job (1976), Eve and After: Old Testament Women in Portrait (1984), Beginning with Mary: Women of the Gospels in Portrait (1986), Invisible Harvest (1987), and Looking for Jesus: Poems in Search of the Christ of the Gospels (1993).
His poetry has also appeared in the publications alive now! (published by The Upper Room), the Chicago Tribune, the Christian Science Monitor, and The New York Times.
His love poem "Rise Up, My Love, My Fair One" with music by Doctor Arthur West. Frackenpohl has been published as a choir anthem and as a solo by Shawnee Press, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. He is buried at Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, New New York
The Thomas John Carlisle Papers are housed at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New New York
Member Poetry Society Georgia, Poetry Society Virginia, Watertown Rotary (president 1960-1961, Paul Harris fellow).
Married Dorothy Mae Davis, August 20, 1936. Children: Thomas, Christopher, David, Jonathan.