Let the memory of Frank be with us forever
  • 78 years old
  • Born on May 1, 1938 in Los Angeles, California, United States.
  • Passed away on July 24, 2016 in Falls Church, Virginia, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Frank Hodsoll, 78, born on May 1, 1938 and passed away on July 24, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Frank's Memorial service will be held Saturday October 8 @ 1pm at Vienna Presbyterian Church 124 Park Street NE, Vienna VA 22180.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Please use the following link to find the “Memorial and In Honor” donations page.

After completing the donation you will be forwarded to an ecard acknowledgment page.  Please use the following email address for the ecard so that the family may acknowledge and thank you for your donation. Francis.Hodsoll13@gmail.com

Frank's obituary in the Washington Post

And in the New York Times

Frank's tribute at the NEA

And Bob Lynch's tribute at American for the Arts

Posted by Jeffrey Brown on 6th August 2018
Thank you, Frank, for your clear and passionate sense of the public role of the arts in our democracy. It was and remains much needed.
Posted by Murray Horwitz on 25th July 2018
Frank is very much alive in our daily lives, of course. In my case, not a week goes by without my quoting him, telling a story about him, or lauding him to people who never had the pleasure of knowing or working for him. I'm looking forward to many more years with Frank -- and I send best wishes from Lisa and me to Mimi and the family.
Posted by Murray Woldman on 24th July 2018
I shall always remember Frank's booming laugh and beaming smile. May he light up heaven with his gregarious personality! Murray Woldman, Foreign Service Colleague of Frank's
Posted by Harry Blaney on 2nd May 2018
Julia and I, miss dearly Frank as he was a wonderful part of our lives. He contributed so much to all and worked hard in the service of our nation and world. Harry Blaney & Julia Moore
Posted by Julia Moore on 24th July 2017
After one year, it is still hard to think of the world and our lives without Frank. We "shall not look upon his like again.” Julia Moore & Harry Blaney
Posted by Allan Burman on 24th July 2017
I am looking at a photo in my office of Frank wielding an aluminum crutch that I am parrying with my wooden one while we were both hobbled by leg injuries in the early 1990's. The shot was taken in Frank's office in the then-called Old Executive Office Building. I have so many fond memories of Frank's wonderful sense of humor and his full commitment to any task he took on. It was such a pleasure to know him and to work with him. He is truly missed.
Posted by Joni Cherbo on 24th July 2017
In keeping with Frank's socio/political engagement, it has been rewarding to see Mimi's many and assorted social concerns on Facebook. She is keeping his candle lit.
Posted by Adair Margo on 1st May 2017
Frank lived life with a capital "L" It was wonderful having him and Mimi a part of mine. Adair Margo
Posted by Marc Leland on 1st May 2017
Since 1982 i would get up on may1 and talk to frank. Being born 10 days apart in north and south california we discovered on january 20 1981 in the reagan white house that we had taken parallel paths through school iniversity law school and even marriage. From that day on we bonded as if we had grown up together We constantly discovered that we had more in common than even he knew in 1981. Many of my happiest memories are of holidays with frank and mimi the personification of perfect friends. I remember my last meal with frank two months before he died when he was as interesting as ever and not revealing how sick he was. His passing was a great loss to the arts in america. Jacqueline natasha olivia and i miss him a lot.
Posted by Murray Horwitz on 1st May 2017
It's not surprising that Frank's memory comes to mind as often as it does. He had such a positive impact on the lives of so many people, and in so many roles, that we encounter his legacy frequently. With his hearty laugh and his capacious intellect, he was a great boss who became a great friend. I will always be grateful to him and to Mimi for their generous fellowship.
Posted by Jeanne Butler on 1st May 2017
Frank was such a mentor and hero of mine from the moment I came to NEA as Director of Challenge & Advancement - he took me under his big and very capable wing and then followed my career when I came to North Carolina and he served on my board at Kenan Institute for the Arts.  He was a champion for so much of what happened in the nation with arts in education - A+ Schools among those great successes he helped nurture. I still grieve his loss, not only in my life, but in the lives of so many, especially his family.
Posted by Debbie Norris on 1st May 2017
I met Frank when I was UNESCO Commissioner. I was always inspired by his passion and kindness. He cared deeply about art and culture and humanity. I will be forever inspired by Frank. His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of many worldwide.
Posted by Joni Cherbo on 1st May 2017
Frank and I worked assiduously together to establish our nonprofit, the Resource Center for Cultural Engagement, committed to using the arts to help create greater understanding and respect around the globe. Our success is predicated on the total commitment, tireless energy and multiple talents he brought to this endeavor.
Posted by Alice Foultz on 1st May 2017
Eric and I travelled across the continents with Frank. His intellect was immeasurable as was his hearty laugh. We miss both. He was larger than life. Alice and Eric Foultz
Posted by Francis Hodsoll on 5th October 2016
From Cameron Sanders I first met Frank when he had just succeeded Harry Blaney (who I believe had hand picked him) as State’s FSO secondee to staff Russell Train, then Chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality and subsequently Administrator of EPA, who had succeeded White House Counselor Pat Moynihan as US Representative to the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS). Pat, with Harry at his side, had launched CCMS, an initiative intended to fulfill a Nixon campaign pledge to “revitalize” NATO - in giving the Alliance a new dimension in the area of civil cooperation on a ever widening range of societal problems which were to include highway safety, air pollution, ocean oil spills, emergency medical services, urban transportation, and solid waste management, to name a few. Despite Allied misgivings at this new departure for NATO, Pat with Harry had gotten it off to a strong start - with liberal use of White House clout ( CCMS was referred to “the President’s program”). When Pat Moynihan moved elsewhere, Harry was to stay on in the CCMS job with Russ Train and to keep the ball rolling in style (as did Tex Harris, another hand pick, who in turn succeeded Frank in the job when Frank moved on). I was the CCMS inside man and dogsbody in the NATO Affairs office at State and then on the delegation at USNATO in Brussels., and I worked closely at both ends with all three of these CCMS secondee All Stars. From our first meeting I found Frank characteristically brimming with energy, ideas, and as always boundless cordiality. He was full of plans to make a great success of Russ Train’s first CCMS Plenary at NATO. He said he was preparing a Hollywood style “shooting script “ for the event, which would “block out” the action scene by scene for every individual meeting Russ would have with senior Allied colleagues, highlighting the key issues, objectives, pitfalls and points to be made, providing a detailed road map just as for a major motion picture. This sounded a bit like California talking, but it soon became clear to me that Frank had the requisite imagination, drive and confidence to get the job done and would carry it off – as he did brilliantly. Russ counted on him, and together they made a great team . No wonder Jim Baker was subsequently to choose Frank to work with him, first at Commerce and later in higher reaches as Baker spread his wings, and the rest is history.
Posted by Charles Bowsher on 26th September 2016
Frank Hodsoll was a great government official and a wonderful friend. He did a terrific job as CFO at OMB and helped me and Senator Glenn get the Chief Financial Officers Act legislation passed in the Congress. We are all in his debt and we will all miss him very much. Charles A. Bowsher Controller General of the United States (1981-1996) Unfortunately, I will be in California on the 8th so I will not be able to attend the memorial service.
Posted by Phyllis Ellin on 7th September 2016
Frank contributed in so many ways, with dedication and good will. That is a true life accomplishment, and he will be greatly missed. With sincere condolences to his family.
Posted by Laura Gritz on 5th September 2016
I am extremely saddened to learn of Frank Hodsoll's passing. Frank was a great mentor and friend to me as a junior officer in my State Departmemt career. Frank was a gentleman and noble public servant. I am grateful for the time he took to mentor and integrate me in his ever so elegant way. I am profoundly sorry for his loss.
Posted by Peter Sears on 10th August 2016
We love you; I love you. You are the very best; you are the friendliest, most joyous, thoughtful, warm-hearted, industrious, sweetest individual I know. We have shared so much being roommates for three yrs. at 903 Branford, '57-'59. And what wonderful trips you created. Thank you so much for coming out to Oregon when I had lung cancer surgery. You are such a magnificent man, and spirit. You will not be forgotten. Your eyes will shine for a long time. Love, Peter
Posted by Dick & Ilsa Higgins on 10th August 2016
I first met Frank in 1971 when I was transferred to a new job in State. I immediately understood that Frank was different from any other FSO I had met, smarter, more enthusiastic, friendlier and in every way a positive force of nature. And outside the office, Frank and Mimi were gracious hosts in their elegant house on Quebec Street where Mimi served gourmet meals in a stunning dinning room. And who could forget the black swimming pool? Frank's brilliant career was foretold at the beginning.
Posted by Dick & Ilsa Higgins on 10th August 2016
I first met Frank in 1971 when I was transferred to a new job in State. I immediately understood that Frank was different from any other FSO I had met, smarter, more enthusiastic, friendlier and in every way a positive force of nature. And outside the office, Frank and Mimi were gracious hosts in their elegant house on Quebec Street where Mimi served gourmet meals in a stunning dinning room. And who could forget the black swimming pool? Frank's brilliant career was foretold at the beginning.
Posted by Tony & Doris Blackler on 10th August 2016
I first met Frank when he was studying international law at Cambridge in the 60's. I was a penniless student then, having come straight to university from school. I knew very little about life. Meeting Frank, who was already married to Mimi, was an education. He was highly intelligent, well read, cultured, good looking, amusing and had a genuine charm and warmth which I will never forget. It was a great pleasure to remain friends with Frank and Mimi over the years, although we only met occasionally in London. I will miss him very very much. One of nature's finest. Mimi, our thoughts are with you. Tony and Doris
Posted by Charlotte Erskine on 8th August 2016
I was so sorry too hear of Frank's death, and send my warmest sympathy to you Mimi, Francis and Lisa. I first met Frank in Cambridge in 1961, and then met up again in New York and Washington when I was in Canada. Our last meeting was in London a few years ago. I have such happy memories of our times together, he was such a special person, kind, considerate and with a wonderful sense of humour. A truly lovely cousin to have, and sad that another Hodsoll has gone. I wil be writing personally soon. In the meantime you are much in my thoughts. Peter, Emily, Harriet and Andrew join me in sending you our condolences and love, Charlotte
Posted by Sharon Memis on 7th August 2016
I was so sorry to hear the news about Frank. I knew him when I headed the British Council in Washington DC. He was fabulous to work with, knowledgeable, effective, generous and fun. I so enjoyed his company and joined him on a few memorable trips to conferences including in Spain and Florida. A great man who was incredibly modest considering how amazing he was! My condolences to Mimi and the family. Such a loss. My thoughts are with you all. Sharon
Posted by Dana Galloway on 6th August 2016
I had the privilege of knowing Frank just a short time. A gentleman, scholar, and honest public servant. Frank, thanks for standing up for the arts in our country at a time when the neanderthals were howling for blood! You were one of the good guys!
Posted by Kathy Draper on 6th August 2016
Although I didn't have the privilege of meeting Frank Hodsoll, I know that he left a wonderful legacy through his loving and devoted son, Francis. It's clear how much Francis loved his father and I know Frank's intregrity, compassion, and character will live on and be passed down through the Hodsoll family.
Posted by Richard Kurin on 6th August 2016
Frank was there in the trenches with us and other colleagues, fighting the good fight, honoring and supporting art and culture as a way of keeping our nation an ever-creative one, and using the arts as a vehicle for reaching out across the globe to make the place a bit more humane. His intellectual honesty and deep sense of public service transcended politics and ideology. Always optimistic and hopeful, his was a large and encouraging presence, and he will be sorely missed.
Posted by Wayne Lawson on 5th August 2016
When Frank became the head of the NEA--I was the chair of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Frank and I developed one of the best and most fruitful working relationships of my career. He was open, honest and I called him frank Frank---what a joy to work with him. We became friends and accomplished a great deal---like working with some of his staff and other state directors to put together the local arts council funding category and other programs. I invited him down to Chile in 2009 to be a speaker when I received the medal of arts award from the Chilean Ministry of Culture and he came. I considered him a friend and a mentor. Not many people like Frank around in the world of arts adminstration and public policy anymore. He will be missed but what a legacy. Bravo to him.
Posted by Deborah Landesman on 4th August 2016
Remembering Frank Hodsoll By Rocco Landesman If you lived in Washington, DC for any length of time you needed to have the occasional lunch with Frank Hodsoll. I'm not sure I could have maintained my sanity without them. In a town where a sentence that begins "I am humbled...." always means exactly the opposite, Frank was the odd man out. I knew that when I was with him I would not be positioned for an "ask," he would not promote himself or tell stories in which he was the hero, there was simply going to be an hour and a half of warmth, candor and curiosity. Frank was always my nominee for Lowest B.S. Quotient in Town, but there was one subject on which he would fudge the truth. It is generally accepted that when Ronald Reagan was elected President, the NEA was marked for extinction by the Budget Director David Stockman. Frank, who was at the time James Baker's deputy, put his hand up for the job of NEA Chair, got the appointment, and proceeded to not only rescue the agency from the chopping block, but built its appropriation to a level above what it is today, and that's in nominal 1989 dollars, unadjusted for inflation. When, at a recent panel of NEA chairs for the NEA's 50th birthday celebration, I mentioned this, he did what he always does, and deflected all of the credit to President Reagan. According to Frank, he was just carrying out the President's wishes. OK. Franks's tenure at the NEA was long--both terms of the Reagan administration--and eventful. On his watch were the creations of the Jazz Masters Awards, the National Medal of Arts presented by the President, the Mayor's Institute on City Design, and partnerships with the American Film and Sundance Institutes, among others. But for those who worked with him, and those of us who were lucky enough to know him, his personal legacy is just as important. Without any vestige of pretense or self importance--he never presented himself as an artist or an inspirer of artists--he loved the arts unabashedly and worked tirelessly to support and promote them. Thanks, Frank. God speed. Rocco
Posted by Alberta Arthurs on 4th August 2016
Frank and I partnered when he was at the NEA and I was at the Rockefeller Foundation, building public-private programs to move American artists to festivals and exhibitions world-wide… Pew and the US State Department joined us. It was a coalition of interests, aspirations and service that only Frank could have made possible. We continued to build program together for many years after that. Frank's respect for excellence, free expression, artistry and the power of collaboration had no equal. He loved policy; he loved people. He loved canvas, choreography, jazz, cinema - all the country's creativity. He was a giant.
Posted by Ana Clark on 4th August 2016
Via Ana Steele Clark, Michael Faubion would like to leave a tribute. As Asst Dir of Visual Arts & Acting Director twice, I had the privilege of working for Frank Hodsoll when he was NEA Chair. Spending my entire career at the NEA, I worked for several chairs from both political parties; therefore, I can state without reservation that Frank Hodsoll was among the top three leaders in the history of the agency. Personally, I always appreciated the respect he showed me, as well as the transparency he evidenced in his decision-making process. He is fondly remembered.
Posted by Robert Mearkle on 4th August 2016
I had the privilege to work with Frank during my Foreign Service assignment in the UNESCO Affairs Office. I remember rushing to a meeting with Frank and not having read his bio beforehand. I quickly learned better. I worked closely with Frank in his role on the National Commission for UNESCO, on the World Heritage program and on our hosting of the 2011 World Press Freedom Day. In spite of all he had going on, Frank always had time to talk and to strategize. He never shied away from work and, for all of the leadership positions he had been in, was the consummate team player. I learned so much from him and we will all miss him. My condolences to you.
Posted by Jane Alexander on 3rd August 2016
Frank was first a part of my life when he as a Yalie and I at Sarah Lawrence in the late 1950s were in a group which weekended, danced and caroused together. He was big and kind and fun. Later I admired how deftly he handled the NEA under Reagan and began seminal programs. Before I took on the job as NEA chairman under Clinton Frank took me to a memorable lunch and taught me what was what, for which I was immensely grateful. He was big, kind and never lost his humor. I wish we had more Franks in this world. Rest in peace, friend.
Posted by Lisa Ackerman on 3rd August 2016
Frank will be remembered by everyone who ever worked with him. He was generous with his time and knowledge and always encouraged those around him to be engaged in all they did. It was a privilege to know him. He was certainly a positive force in the nonprofit and culture sectors.
Posted by William Harvey on 3rd August 2016
Cultures in Harmony mourns the passing of Mr. Hodsoll, who co-chaired the committee that selected Cultures in Harmony as a Best Practice in International Cultural Engagement in 2010. His steadfast advocacy, personal warmth, and intelligence meant a great deal to me personally. He deserves the highest praise for saving the NEA at a time when it seemed likely to be eliminated. Thank you, Mr. Hodsoll. William Harvey, Founder, Cultures in Harmony
Posted by Denise Morrison on 3rd August 2016
You have my deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of Mr. Hodsoll. I met Mr. Hodsoll when he came to visit the State Department where I work.
Posted by Adair Margo on 3rd August 2016
Frank consulted with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities when I chaired it from 2001-2008. The best part was becoming personal friends and having him visit me in El Paso, travelling to Chihuahua in my Suburban to visit the World Heritage Site of Paquime. Frank wished Mimi could experience it too, so brought her back two years ago. I'll always remember him and Mimi sitting on the back of a pick-up truck at Rancho de Uno near Janos, Chihuahua,as it drove through the grasslands of the Nature Conservancy site. They were watching the buffalo - the moms with their calves - their legs dangling off the tailgate as they sat side by side. Frank never lost his child-like wonder at the world around him, and he lived life fully. Mimi's presence added a pitch of joy to his infectious laugh. I am thinking about you, Mimi. Love, Adair
Posted by Jay Craven on 3rd August 2016
I met Frank through a collaborative project through the American Film Institute--AFI:Project 20/20--where 7 American filmmakers traveled the world during 2007-8 representing the U.S. as cultural representatives to other countries. I had many lively conversations with Frank, whose mind and imagination were always racing, with fertile ideas on how to improve the world by facilitating the work of artists in their quest to reach audiences and stimulate the kinds of open-minded thinking that results. He will be missed.
Posted by Murray Woldman on 3rd August 2016
Dear Mimi, Francis and Lisa, I was so saddened to read in the Post of dear Frank's passing last week. I remember our last meeting at fellow FSO Keith Wauchope's country home at our last Foreign Service Officer A-100 Class of 1969 Reunion. It brought many memories. I noted happily that Frank's smiles and laughter still survived strong and clear. I also recall a lovely dinner with Frank and Mimi at the Metropolitan Club in DC some years ago and what an enjoyable time Frank, Mimi,my late twin brother Joel and I had that evening! Frank's many accomplishments deserve remembrance but his sunny character does as well. Rest in peace, Dear Frank and my most sincere condolences to Mimi and children. He was always so proud of his kids! I look forward to being with you at the memorial service in September. Deepest sympathy Murray Woldman"
Posted by Tex Harris on 2nd August 2016
Dear Mimi, Francis and Lisa, I was so saddened to read in the Post of dear Frank's passing last week. I remember our last meeting at fellow FSO Keith Wauchope's country home at our last Foreign Service Officer A-100 Class of 1969 Reunion. It brought many memories. I noted happily that Frank's smiles and laughter still survived strong and clear. I also recall a lovely dinner with Frank and Mimi at the Metropolitan Club in DC some years ago and what an enjoyable time Frank, Mimi,my late twin brother Joel and I had that evening! Frank's many accomplishments deserve remembrance but his sunny character does as well. Rest in peace, Dear Frank and my most sincere condolences to Mimi and children. He was always so proud of his kids! I look forward to being with you at the memorial service in September. Deepest sympathy Murray Woldman
Posted by Tex Harris on 1st August 2016
When we think of Frank, so many wonderful memories come to mind. Frank was a devoted family man, and we treasure the camping trips and outings we shared with the Hodsolls and Harrises over the years. Frank was a gifted professional in so many arenas. In classical international law matters, including the historic Soviet Grain Embargo case and expropriation disputes, he was a man of honor and trust who worked tirelessly to insure positive results. Frank was exuberant and a true renaissance man with a vast array of talents and interests. Most importantly, Frank was a wonderful friend, and we will truly miss him. Our love goes out to Mimi and all the family. The Paul DeLaney Family
Posted by Marc Leland on 29th July 2016
With much love for the memory of a great man. Frank hodsoll
Posted by Marc Leland on 29th July 2016
Frank was an amazing human. Everyone who met him loved him. He never said an unkind word about anyone. He loved mimi and his daughter ,son and grandchildren. The term unforgettable character is overused but it really applies to frank frank a really civilized man who will be missed by me and my wife jacqueline and my daughters olivia and natasha who called frank aquirt. Marc
Posted by Rose Dinapoli on 28th July 2016
I had the privilege of working for Frank when he chaired the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a man of tremendous intellect and compassion and one of the best bosses I have ever had. Sending peace and comfort to Mimi and his family as they mourn him.
Posted by Rahul Gujral on 27th July 2016
My condolences to the survivors. I met Frank when he and Mimi came down to see Francis (Jr. ) in Houston. Super nice guy that had a ton of life and humility in him. Was very interested in the life story of those around him - a great person. Rahul Gujral
Posted by Chris Maher on 26th July 2016
Great memories were made for my sister Cindy and I in the Hodsoll home in Arlington VA in the 70's. Thank you Frank and Mimi for making all those precious times possible. Our hearts pour out to you Francis, Lisa, Mimi and family for the loss of a great man and roll model. Much love from the Maher's
Posted by Tex Harris on 25th July 2016
What a guy. A dear friend of almost 50 years and a most accomplished government servant who truly cared about getting things done and done well. Frank was ever the thoughtful gentleman and considerate friend. The highly skilled, tactful, fact filled, right-hander to a series of government leaders up to President Reagan. A man who turned down more powerful jobs in DC to work on his first love - the Arts. Who later recreated himself as the first M Leader in OMB. Frank's love for his wife, children and grandchildren and his affection for his many friends were always keys to his happiness. I had the great honor of interviewing Frank, a dear friend of 40 years, for the oral history project of the Association of Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST) which will appear next year on the Library of Congress Web Site. Frank, we miss you; but remember a life fully lived with huge achievements and great joy. Tex Harris.
Posted by Mitch King on 25th July 2016
My condolences to you and your family, Francis. May time heal your sorrow.
Posted by Julia Moore on 25th July 2016
“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ― Marcel Proust Proust was among Frank's favorite writers. Frank was one of those very special people who made our lives happy and our souls blossom. Julia Moore & Harry Blaney
Posted by Lesley Reed on 25th July 2016
Sending you all my condolences. I loved every moment I had the honor to meet and speak with Frank.

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