Clint Frank

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Clint Frank
File:Clint Frank.jpg
Date of birth September 13, 1915
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri
Date of death July 7, 1992(1992-07-07) (aged 76)
Career information
Position(s) Halfback
College Yale University
NFL draft 1938 / Round: 12 / Pick: 106
Career history
As player
1935–1937 Yale
Career highlights and awards

Clinton E. Frank (September 13, 1915 – July 7, 1992) was an American football player and advertising executive. He played halfback for Yale University. In 1954, he founded the Clinton E. Frank, Inc. advertising agency.

Early life and football career

Frank attended Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, where he obtained notoriety as a superb football player. He then attended Lawrenceville (N.J.) School.

Frank attended Yale College, where he was a member of Skull and Bones,[1] and graduated with a degree in economics in 1938. In football, he was a two-time team captain and All-American, and as a senior in 1937, he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award.[2] He beat out Byron "Whizzer" White for the Heisman Trophy. White later became a Supreme Court Justice. Mr. Frank, received the Maxwell Award after his senior year in which he scored three touchdowns in his team`s 19-0 victory over Brown.[3]

Frank was married to Margaret Rathje Frank, with whom he had three sons and six daughters.[3]

Military service

Clint Frank attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Air Corps, serving as an aide to General Jimmy Doolittle during World War II. Following the war he resumed his career in advertising.

Advertising career

Frank joined the Chicago advertising firm of Blackett-Sample-Hummert Inc., where he was employed for ten years before being promoted to advertising manager of E.J. Brach and Sons, the famed candy producer. Frank became a full partner in the advertising agency of Price, Robinson and Frank. He was able to transition this agency into his own with him as owner and president. In 1954 Frank established Clinton E. Frank Inc., a Chicago based advertising agency which was sold to Campbell-Ewald Co. of Detroit in 1976.[4]

Braniff Airways account

One of Clinton E. Frank Agency's most memorable clients was the flashy Dallas-based Braniff International Airways. Frank obtained the account in 1969 from famed advertising executive George Lois. The Frank Agency created the "El Clan, Braniff" advertising scheme for Braniff's growing South American Route System. They also created the highly unique Braniff "You'll Like Flying Braniff Style" Campaign. Both campaign's came complete with musical jingles which were debuted in 1971.[5]

Board memberships

  • Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Board Member
  • Passavant Hospital, Director
  • Northwestern University Hospital, Director
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Governing Member
  • Yale Club of Chicago, Member
  • American Association of Advertising, President
  • Chicago Advertising Club, President
  • Illinois Racing Board, Board Member


  • Heisman Trophy, 1937
  • Maxwell Award, 1937
  • All American Quarterback and Captain, two time recipient, 1937
  • Good Shepard Award from the Lambs, A country home that aids mentally retarded children (three time award recipient)

Retirement and death

Frank founded the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago and the Eye Research Institute in Boston. He also founded the American Academy of Arts during his retirement.

Frank died at the Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois after a brief illness.[3]


  1. Wallace, William N. (2005). Yale's Ironmen: A Story of Football & Lives in the Decade of the Depresion & Beyond. p. 157. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nidetz, Steve (July 8, 1992). "Clinton Frank, Ad Exec, Football Star". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 26 July 2013.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Nidetz" defined multiple times with different content
  4. Clinton Frank Obituary in the New York Times
  5. "Jingle: Braniff "You'll Like Flying Braniff Style"". Fly The Branded Skies. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 

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