David Frank ’51 and Suchitra Mumford ’95 on one of their dog park visits.
Suchitra Mumford ’95 lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her husband, Mark, and two daughters. By chance, she connected with fellow alum David Frank ’51 through daily visits to a dog park near Boston. She wrote to the Independent and asked us to share this remarkable story in her own words.
Almost every day I walk my dog at the same park on a hill overlooking Boston, across the street from my children’s school. For the past year, I've run into David, a 91-year-old WWII vet with a habit of long morning walks.
Stopping in the park, we got to talking because his granddaughter and my daughter are in the same kindergarten classroom. But there was something about him that I thought was interesting … a quirkiness and outlook that seemed oddly familiar. Recently he brought to the park a photo of himself as a young man sailing on Lake Erie. A geography conversation led us to Ohio, and sure enough we discovered we were both Antioch alums! David Frank graduated from Antioch in 1951 with a degree in engineering. He recalls crossing paths with Coretta Scott King ’51.
But before Antioch he served in Europe, first guarding the SS (Schutzstaffel) and later at the Nuremberg Trials. He said he was close enough to touch Hermann Göring in court. After serving in Europe, David went on to finish college, work, marry, have two children, and he now lives in Arlington with his daughter and her family. He says he hasn’t been back to Yellow Springs since 1951.
David and I will continue to meet at the park on the hill overlooking Boston most mornings. He weathers the cold better than most dog walkers. I look forward to his stories and building a friendship based on this unique connection.
This September, Suchitra will be opening Indigo Fire, a clay and glass art studio. The studio will have several clay wheels, hand building, and glass fusing. It will be the first studio in the area to offer these three mediums for the novice and semi-experienced artist. Look for classes, workshops, and special events—or just drop in if you’re in the area: 70 Concord Ave., Belmont, Massachusetts (close to Cambridge).