September 9, 2022

LISD Reflects on the Legacy of Frank Dick

photo of Frank Dick smiling
Frank Dick (1926-2022)

Longtime community leader and philanthropist, Frank Dick, passed away on September 5, 2022. The Lenawee Intermediate School District is reflecting on Mr. Dick's many years of dedication to public education, particularly his leadership through the Lenawee County Education Foundation, where he continued to serve as Chairman until his passing.

Dick was a veteran of World War II, receiving numerous medals and accolades, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. After the war, Dick and his wife, Shirley, lived in northern Ohio and southeastern Michigan. Dick served as Superintendent of Schools in Sylvania and Toledo and later became President of Gleaner Life Insurance Society. 

Dick played an instrumental role in the creation and success of the Lenawee County Education Foundation (LCEF) dating back to the mid 1980s. Since its inception, the LCEF has awarded more than $6.5 million in approximately 6,000 scholarships to Lenawee County schools, many of which were funded by Dick and his late wife, Shirley. Dick was a passionate advocate for higher education opportunities for students, and took great joy in celebrating the scholarship recipients at an annual reception. Dick was able to record a video message earlier this year congratulating the 2022 recipients and sharing rules for success in college. 

"Frank was a true pillar of Lenawee County," said Mark Haag, LISD Superintendent. "We join the community in mourning his passing, but also celebrating the incredible impact he has had on the lives of so many local students, educators, and organizations through his leadership and generosity. We will continue to honor Frank and Shirley's legacy in our work."

A visitation will be held on Friday, September 16 between the hours of 2:00-8:00 PM at the Wagley Funeral Home. An additional visitation will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 12:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Adrian followed by the funeral service at 1:00 PM.

 Wagley Funeral Home, 1501 W. Maumee St., Adrian, MI 49221

 First United Methodist Church, 1245 West Maple Avenue, Adrian, MI 49221