Frank Irving 'Fireball' Wright

Wright, Frank Irving "Fireball" passed away peacefully in Northfield, Minnesota, on August 3, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born in Austin, Minnesota, on January 14, 1926, to Art and Florence Wright and was the youngest of four siblings, Sylvia, Bill and Steve, all of whom preceded him in death. Frank was a blessed man who liked to say he had "four loves of his life." His first love was his mother, Florence. She raised her four children as a single mother after the death of her husband in a biplane accident. His second love was his wife, Louise. They married in 1950 and had seven children: David (Deborah Smith-Wright), Martha Winston (John), Clifford, Catherine Kromer (Todd), Gregory (Jeanne), Douglas Lochner-Wright (Cheryl), Stephen (Paula), 15 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. After Louise passed away in 1989, he met and married the third love of his life, Ann McElroy Follansbee. For a quarter of a century, they traveled the world together and treasured their large and extended families. Carleton College was not only Frank's alma mater and lifetime employer, but also the fourth love of his life. Returning from the navy after World War II, he entered Carleton's class of 1950. During college, Frank lettered in three sports, formed lifelong friendships and proposed to Louise. Three years after graduation, he returned to help build Larry Gould's vision of Carleton as a "Cathedral of Learning". He worked at the college for 38 years, beginning as Assistant Treasurer and rising through the ranks to Vice President and Treasurer. He retired as Treasurer Emeritus in 1990, and continued for three years as the Secretary to the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees. A memorial service is planned for November 4, 2017, at 2 pm in the Carleton College Chapel, with a reception to follow in Great Hall. In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Frank Wright may be made to Carleton College, Gift Accounting, One N. College St, Northfield, MN 55057, or to a charity of your choice.