1970 January 23 James Tilden Frantz, Jr.
40-Yr.-OU Dnam Ktaliied Air Force Veteran, 59, Takes Degree At LVC ANNVILLE — At an informal ceremony in the president's office Thursday,- James Tilden Frantz Jr., stepped forward and received the diploma which certified his graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree from Lebanon Valley College. For Colonel Frantz (USAF ret.) it was the culmination of a 40-year-old dream, and it took place on his 59th birthday. A native of Lebanon, Frantz first matriculated at Lebanon Valley as a major in chemistry in 1929. "Then," he said, "I became a victim of the Great Depression. After two years I ran out of money and dropped out of school to go to work. I came back in 1932 for my junior year and was out of money again before it was paid for. And, for me, that was the end of college for a long time." Fcantz became active in CMT (Citizen's Military Training) and in 1932, when he was just 21 years old, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Infantry Reserve. In April, 1937, he was called to active duty with ttte CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), in which he served for one year at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., and for three years in Arizona. In 1941, there was a war going on, and Frantz was called to duty with the Army Air Corps in an administrative capacity, as an adjutant-personnel officer. "I fought World War II in Texas," he said, "in the Flying Training Command at Randolph Field." After the war was over, Frantz decided to make the Air - Force his career and was com. missioned a captain in 1947. Sent to the Canal Zone, he was with the Inspector General's Department and travelled a great deal in Central and South America. After a course at Command Staff College at Maxwell Air .Force Base, Ala:, ' he was assigned there as an instructor in administrative areas. In 1951, he went for 31 months to Tokyo, where he served as Inspector General with MATr (Military Air Transport Command). Then he was sent back to Maxwell AFB to serve with the ROTC program until March 31, 1964, when he retired from the service as a lieutenant colonel. "It was an interesting life," h» said, "with a lot of travel ling, and my family enjoyed it too. But I never gave up the V..S.-A l_ mi) f dea of finishing college. I wanted that degree. I worked or the State Health Department n Alabama for a year and took :ourses at the University. But my major and residence requirements were already earned at Lebanon he logical place gree." Son In N. Carolina Frantz is married to the former Sara Ann Hess, also of ,ebanon. The couple has one son, James Tilden Frantz, 3rd, vho graduated from the Uni- ersity of Alabama in 1959 and s now program director of a adio station in North Carolina. The Frantz family had lived so many years of their married life n the South that it seemed like home to them. Nevertheless, Zol. and Mrs. Frantz came back 1 .0 Lebanon County in 1965, to a home they had bought in Fredericksburg. And he opened negotiations with Lebanon Valey College about 21 credits he still needed to graduate. He found a job. Teaching fourth grade in the elementary school in nearby Lickdale has jiven him as much satisfaction as the final winning of his degree. "I think I've found my niche," he said, "The kids are wonderful. The idea of teaching children scared me a bit at first, but I soon made a discovery. I found that children are just little people. And on that level we communicate just fine." Frantz may have an unorthodox teaching background and an emergency certificate, but he is well supervised by his building principal, William J. Felty, and the elementary school supervising principal, Henry C. Shuey. In addition, for the past semester he has been doing on-the-Job student teaching under the supervision of Dr. Cloyd Ebersole and Mrs. June E. Herr, of the education department a t Lebanon Valley College. Dr. Ebersole says, "Mr. Frantz has a fine attitude and maintains a good classroom atmosphere. The children like and respect him. He is an asset to the teaching profession." Colonel Frantz has a few other interests besides Ms teaching. He is active in St. John's Lutheran Church and Sunday School in Fredericksburg, and in the local Lions Club. He also keeps in good physical trim with sports and a daily four-mile jog. "And I play," he says, "with the children every day. I get as PALMY RA-CAM.PBELLTOWN |much out of recess as they do." about EVERYBODY ftEADS THE NEWS PAYING 4% Interest On All Passbook Account* Of _ .„«„, .„..- CAUSE TO CELEBRATE - Col. Janes Tilden Valley and that was Frantz Jr., (USAF ret.), Fredericksburg RD 1, place to get my de- and his wife leave the administration building at Lebanon Valley College on Thursday after Col. Frantz received the Bachelor of Science degree in the president's office. Col. Frantz, who celebrated his 59th birthday Thursday, also celebrated a dream-come-true that took him 40 years to realize. Starting his college career at Lebanon Valley College in 1929, Col. Frantz had to wait until 1965 to continue the final phase of his college work because of the Depression and his military career. with U.S. tion for the Scott, Schweiker Praise Pres. Nixon's Speech WASHING-TON (UPI) —Pennsylvania's Republican senators, Hugh Scott and Richard S. Schweiker, praised President Nixon's State of the Union message Thursday. Scott, Senate minority leader, said the speech was "excellent" and had a "very uplifting tone to it.". . "It was an upbeat speech which appealed to the very best in the American mood which is for a better and cleaner environment," he said. Schweiker said he thought the speech was "very good." "I think Congress will respond to his crime control appeal," Schweiker said. The senator added he felt Nixon was "very imaginative in his approach to environment." Business Today SAMARITAN > Decade Of 70s To Decide Fate Of Gasoline Engine DETROIT (UPI) — The decade of the seventies will determine the fate of the internal combustion engine as the power plant of transportation in the United States, possibly the world. Because of growing public CENSUS Two hundred and two patients, ncluding 12 infants. ADMISSIONS Robert Ulrich, Lebanon Mrs. Pauline A. Dubbs, Leba- lon John G. Seiverling, Myerstown Mrs. Thelma V. Diem, Rehrersburg Mrs. Ruth M. Boyer, Jones- own Mrs. Janet L. Hart man, jebanon Alan E. Schaeffer, Myerstown and governmental concern over pollution, the automobile industry is on trial as never before. Industry'leaders realize they must prove their ability to produce cars so low in pollutant emission that they will not endanger the air we breathe. Henry Ford n, board chairman of Ford Motor Company, and James Roche, chairman ol General Motors, both have accepted as a commitment the job of making the automobile relatively pollution free. Both know that commitment may mean a massive, expensive hangeover in power plant. Ford recently stated this juite bluntly. He said his com- 3any has a vested interest in lie present internal combustion engine. But, said Ford, it has an even bigger interest in stay ng in business. He believes in ernal combustion can be made ufficiently free of pollution to urvive as the basic automobile ower plant. He also agrees hat the industry must back hat belief with proof. Edward Cole, president o General Motors, said in a re cent speech to automotive engineers, that he believed auto ompanies working with gaso