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George C. Frost

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George Frost

George C. Frost was a respected figure in South Glens Falls, as chairman and CEO of Rist-Frost Associates, a 78-year member of the Boy Scouts of America, a 59-year member of the South Glens Falls Rotary Club and president of the South Glens Falls Board of Education.

Born on Jan. 25, 1928 in Stoughton, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late, George Henry and Selma (Botsch) Frost. He graduated from Stoughton High School in 1945, and with honors and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Northeastern University in 1950, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society. On May 24, 1952, George married Bea McDermott at St. John’s Church in Canton, Massachusetts.

In his earlier employment as Assistant Plant Engineer, before and after two years of U.S. Army Signal Corps service during the Korean War, George was with Imperial Paper & Color Corporation of Glens Falls. He was a senior principal at Rist-Frost Associates PC, a consulting engineering firm in Glens Falls, and retired on Dec. 31, 1995 as Chairman and CEO. He was appointed by Governor George Pataki in 1996 to serve as a member of the NYS Employment Relations Board a position he retired from in 2006.

George was a licensed professional engineer in several states and a retired member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Consulting Engineers Council and several engineering technical societies. George won several awards for innovative engineering designs.

He served as President of the South Glens Falls Central School District Board of Education from 1962 to 1968. He was also a 78-year veteran of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as Council Commissioner and Council President of Twin Rivers Council. He was a member of the South Glens Falls Rotary Club for 59 years and was President in 1959-60 and 2016-17. George was very proud of his perfect attendance in the Rotary Club. He served Rotary International as District Governor in 1970-71. He was also a Director Emeritus of Arrow Financial Corporation and the Glens Falls National Bank & Trust Company for many years, a past chairman of Warren County’s Economic Development Corporation, a member of the NYS Department of Education Advisory Board, and a past chairman of the Glens Falls Hospital Board of Governors. He was also a past president of the Glens Falls Country Club and was an avid golfer.

The 1989 recipient of the Mohican Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the 1991 Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce J. Walter Juckett Community Service Award, the 1995 Hospital Trustees of New York State Trustee of the Year Award, and the 1997 American Consulting Engineers Council Community Service Award, George was recognized time and time again for his community service. He was also the recipient of the Rotary Foundation Distinguished Service Award and the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.

A Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in South Glens Falls, George was a member of Rev. Robert A. Nugent Council 11160 Knights of Columbus where he was a Past Grand Knight.

His grandson John summed up his grandfather’s life beautifully, writing “George Frost was one of the last Americans from ‘The Silent Generation’ that held service over self and leadership within the community as high ideals. He exemplified this belief every day through his service and philanthropy to innumerable community organizations. He demonstrated it within his business and family, constantly striving to embody fairness and ethical values. He lived it through his steadfast faith and ceaseless humility, despite the magnitude of his contributions. Mr. Frost improved the lives of his fellow man, and we are all the better for his dedication and achievements.”

George passed away on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. He was survived by his wife of 65 years, Bea; his children, Richard Frost, of South Glens Falls, David Frost, of Warrensburg, Nancy DeAngelis and her husband, John, of Wynantskill, Cindy Frost, of Sarasota, Florida, and Patricia Wrobel and her husband, Kerry, of Whitehall; his grandchildren, John DeAngelis, Kasandra DeAngelis, Timothy Whittemore, Abby Wills and Amy Whittemore; his sister, Rosemary Frost of Stoughton, Massachusetts; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.