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Passing of Frank Maresh

Franklin “Frank” William Maresh (Omicron–Texas ‘58) passed away on Tuesday, October 2, at the age of seventy-nine in Kerrville, Texas, with his children near him. Frank is a former Chairman and President of the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation (KAOEF).

Frank attended the University of Texas at Austin earning a B.B.A. with Honors in Accounting and a Master of Professional Accounting with Highest Honors. While at the University, Frank joined Omicron Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order and the Silver Spurs Service Organization, and served as President of the McCombs School of Business student body. Upon completing his Master’s degree in 1962, Frank joined Peat Marwick Mitchell (subsequently KPMG) in Houston. He spent more than 30 years with KPMG, during which time he served on the Board of Directors, as Managing Partner of the Houston office and Southwest Region of the U.S., and, ultimately as Vice Chairman of the Firm.

Frank served in numerous leadership roles in the Houston community. He proudly supported the University of Texas and gave his time and expertise in many capacities. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the McCombs School of Business and was inducted into the University of Texas Business Hall of Fame. Frank was appointed by then Governor Ann Richards to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy where he served as Chairman.

Frank served on the Board of Trustees of the KAOEF first from 1997-1999. He then served as Vice President from 2000-2002 and as Chairman and President from 2003 to 2007. He returned as a Trustee for continued service from 2007-2009, and in 2012. In 2004, for excellence in leadership and service, then Knight Commander Ben W. Satcher, Jr., awarded him the Knight Commander’s Accolade. He was a member of the Walsh Court of Honor and was a Crimson & Gold Society member when he passed. Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Mollie Burnham Maresh.

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