Lee WeissFrank

After WWII, Lee Weiss Frank used her position as a reporter for the Philadelphia Ledger to speak out in favor of creating a Jewish state in Israel. Frank graduated Swarthmore in 1921 and began working as a feature writer and cultural affairs reporter for the Ledger newspaper syndicate. In the 1930s she began running a local radio show as well, Tea with Lee, first offering theater reviews and later including celebrity interviews. During this time, she also did significant charitable and volunteer work with a number of organizations, including chairing the Children’s Play Committee of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, leading to her work as a special writer for the Child Health Association of New York. After WWII, her journalism and volunteerism merged when she became radio chair of the United Nations Council of Philadelphia, advocating for the State of Israel. Frank also had a lifelong passion for the arts, painting in oil and watercolor. Her pieces are included in over 150 private collections, including that of Princess Grace of Monaco. In 1980 Swarthmore held an exhibition of her work to coincide with the creation of a scholarship fund created by her daughter in her name.

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Newton Falls, OH
United States

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