COMPANION

Lawrence K. Frank

Lawrence (Larry) Kelso Frank (1890–1968), US educator and child-development expert, and a pupil of F. M. Alexander.

Life

Frank received a B.A. in economics in 1912 and worked as a systems analyst. In 1923 he became an executive for the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial foundation. He also worked for the General Education Board and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, where he was vice-president 1936-1942. Through foundation work he supported and developed the field of child development. He was in the forefront of the movement in the 1920s and 1930s to set up child-study institutes across the country. He wrote and lectured extensively, in both popular (e.g. simple, commonsensical newspaper articles and columns) and academic journals.

He wrote more than eleven books, among them Projective Methods (1948), Society as the Patient: Essays (1948), How To Help Your Child In School (with his wife, Mary, 1950), Your Adolescent at Home and in School (with Mary Frank, 1956), Feelings and Emotions (1954) and On the Importance of Infancy (1966). Frank also wrote on how the management of tensions – meaning specifically tension arising from any delay of gratification – influences the individual’s social interaction.[1]

Connection with Alexander

Frank had lessons for a year or longer while serving as vice-president of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation but, according to John Dewey, stopped having lessons after Alexander turned down his offer of having the Technique researched by Harvard University.[2]

Lawrence Kelso Frank *6 December 1890 – †23 September 1968.

References

[1] The Universal Constant in Living by F. Matthias Alexander (Mouritz, 2000), endnote 126, p. 289.
[2] John Dewey, letter to Frank P. Jones, 15 April 1947 (Alexander Technique Archives).