New Trenton, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1965
Frank E. DeLaCroix was born near New Trenton, Indiana on July 27, 1912. He died at his home on July 4, 1964.
He graduated from the Purdue School of Agriculture in 1939. Following graduation, he joined Sears Roebuck and Company and worked there until 1941 when he became assistant county agent in Benton County. In 1943, he was transferred to Jasper County as county agent. Frank joined the Purdue Dairy Extension staff in 1945. In 1951, he left Purdue to become district sales manager of American Breeders Service - a position he held until his death.
Frank became vice-president of the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association in 1956 and was elevated to the presidency in 1959. He presided over our Association until 1961, and was a director until his death.
He was elected a director of the Agricultural Alumni Seed Improvement Association in 1960 and later became vice-president of that organization. He also served as a director of the Purdue Alumni Association for a three year term.
In 1938, Frank DeLaCroix married Alma Knollman. They have four children: Robert, Mrs. Robert Toomes, Clifford, and Margaret.
Frank DeLaCroix was a man of many talents, and he gave his best on any job he undertook. His warm personality made him a friend of all who knew him. His wisdom and wise counsel in the application of available information made him an invaluable part of his business, his social activities and his church. His basic good judgment and his compassion for things worthwhile caused him to be the focal point of all his co-workers.
To say that Frank DeLaCroix will be missed seems lacking in adequacy. His mortal being will leave a perpetually empty spot in the hearts of all who knew him. His work, his great qualities and his love for life will, however, live on forever.