Frank Kryder Hoover

Frank Kryder Hoover

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 20 Sep 2011 (aged 88)
Evanston, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 106126276 · View Source
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Frank Kryder Hoover of Evanston
World War II Veteran~U.S. Navy
Past Alderman of Evanston, OH

Frank Kryder Hoover, 88, a life-long Evanston resident and World War II veteran who served for many years on Evanston's City Council, died of natural causes Sept. 22 with family by his side at Evanston Hospital, relatives said.

Mr. Hoover served for more than 20 years on the Evanston City Council, from 1957 until 1962 as 3rd Ward alderman, and then from 1965 to 1981 as 1st Ward alderman. In that time, colleagues remembered him as a passionate leader who maintained civility even in times of disagreement.

"I have only the highest regard for him as a human being," said Adele Neems, an Evanston alderman from 1973 to 1985. "We did not agree on the issues, but we had the most civil relationship. He had the gentlest habit of thinking, that if he talked to me long enough, I would finally realize and come around to his way of thinking. But it was with no rancor or harshness. It was just wonderful."

Mr. Hoover was born Aug. 8, 1923 on the south side of Chicago, and moved to Evanston at age 1. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1941 and earned a degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University.

His time at Cornell was interrupted by World War II. Mr. Hoover served as a naval officer in the Pacific front, his family said, seeing action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Upon returning from the war, Mr. Hoover married his wife Mary Anne, an ETHS graduate, who met Mr. Hoover while in Evanston.

Mr. Hoover worked in the chemical industry for many years, finally retiring in the 1970s.

"He was a dedicated community servant," Neems recalled. "He was never interested in serving Frank Hoover, only in serving the community. Whether you agreed with him or not, you always felt that sincerity."

Though the workload was often heavy, Mr. Hoover devoted himself to his civic duties, his wife remembered.

"Evanston had a lot of issues, and Frank was always right there with patience," Mrs. Hoover said.

Mr. Hoover was active in several local organizations, his son Tom Hoover said, including serving on the board of directors of Evanston Hospital and Presbyterian Homes. He also served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston.

"He loved the city of Evanston as much as he loved his church and his family," Tom Hoover said.

Mr. Hoover was an avid sailor, and could often be found with his wife on their boat, "O-Be-Joyful." He also enjoyed, skiing, tennis and music.

"Those that were lucky enough to have known him were touched by his kindness, patience, wisdom and integrity," Tom Hoover said. "He was, by any definition, a good man."

In addition to his wife and son Thomas, Mr. Hoover is survived by three more sons, Richard, William, and David; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service has been held. The family has said that contributions can be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society .

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