Murray Frank 69, a journalist, eduactor and leader in the Jewish community of the Washington area, died Wednesday at his home in Silver Spring.
Born in New York City, he was a graduate of the Jewish Teacher's Seminary there. He came to Washington in 1935, and earned a bachelor's degree from George Washington University, followed by a master's degree from American University.
Mr. Frank worked as an economic analyst with the Commerce Department, the Foreign Economic Administration, and other federal agencies.
He also was an administrative assistant to several congressmen over a period of 21 years.
A former bational director of infromation for B'rith, he directed the United Jewish Endowent Fund of the Metropolitan Area of the United Jewish Appeal during 1970-74.
A Washington correspondent for newspaper published in Israel, England, Argentina and New York, Mr. Frank wrote articles that were published throughout the world.
He was a former editor of the B'nai B'rith News and the author of six books "Israel in Our Times." "This Is B'nai B'rith." "Fisheries of Latin America," "The War Refugee Board," "The Industrialization of Latin America" and "The Book of Facts."
Mr. Frank had been a director and announcer on the weekly radio program, "Voice of Israel," and had lectured widely on Jewish affairs, history, humor and education.
He was president of the Farband Labor Zionist Organization, vice president of the Washington Committee for Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, vice president of the government division of the UJA and chairman of the Israel Histadrut Council of Greater Washington.
He was a board member of the Chaim Welzmann School and a former member of the boards of the Jewish Community Council, the Jewish Social Service Agency, the Hebrew Academy of Washington and the American jewish Tercentenary Commitee.
Mr. Frank had served as a delegate to the National Jewish Leadership Conference on the Middle East and to the Ad Hoe Committee for the Conference on Human Rights and Genocide both in 1970.
He belonged to the Workmen's Circle, the I.I. Peretz Yiddish Writers Union, the YIVO-Yaddish Scientific Institute, the American Historical Association, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
He is survived by his wife, Freidel, of the home: two sons, Paul, of Rockville, and Divid, of Silver Spring; a daughter, Judi Koldaro, of Silver Spring; a sister, Goldie Engler, of Long Island; a brother, Berel of Miami, Fla. and five grandchildren.