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years (1943-1946) in the U.S. Army as
a rifleman and interpreter for the Al-
lied Military Government in Germany
and France. He graduated from the
University of Oklahoma in 1947, and
joined the Foreign Service the same
From 1947 to 1957, Mr. Davis
served in embassies in Germany, South
Africa and Israel. He then took up So-
viet area and Russian language studies
at Harvard University, where he re-
ceived his master’s degree in public ad-
Between 1960 and 1965, he was
posted to Bonn as first secretary and
political officer for Berlin and commu-
nist bloc affairs. He then served as
deputy policy chief at the Voice of
America in Washington, D.C., and at-
tended the National War College
(Class of 1969).
From 1970 to 1974 he was deputy
chief of mission in Honduras; and from
1975 to 1978, he was DCM and politi-
cal adviser in West Berlin. His last as-
signment before retiring was as
diplomat-in-residence at the College of
Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
Mr. Davis’s wife, Marilyn F. Davis,
died in March 2002. He is survived by
his daughter, Ruth Davis Brown of
Wooster, Ohio; two sons, Jonathan of
Wooster, and Richardson of PalmHar-
bor, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
William Lee Frost
, 84, a former
Foreign Service officer, died on Sept.
7, 2011, in New York City.
Mr. Frost was born in Larchmont,
N.Y., to Charles and Eva Frost. He
graduated from Bayside High School
and served in the Navy during World
War II before attending Harvard Col-
lege, graduating in 1947. He graduated
fromYale Law School in 1951 and from
the Harvard Graduate School of Public
Administration in 1958.
Joining the State Department For-
eign Service in 1952, Mr. Frost served
overseas in Belgrade, Salzburg and Bad
Godesberg. Because of the illness of
his first wife, Judith, he left the Foreign
Service in 1959, returning to New York
City. There he re-entered legal prac-
tice, specializing in management and
He later became president and then
chairman of the board of the Lucius N.
Littauer Foundation. Under his lead-
ership for three decades, the founda-
tion had a positive impact on hundreds
of worthy Jewish, educational and civic
causes throughout the world.
Always interested in health issues,
Mr. Frost served as a member of the
Public Health Council of the New
York State Department of Health
under Governor Hugh Carey from
1985 to 1987, and as treasurer and di-
rector of the New York Heart Associ-
ation. He was also a trustee of the
Brearley School, the Collegiate
School, Marlboro College and Rad-
cliffe College.
As a student at Harvard, Mr. Frost
had been the founding president of the
college’s chapter of the Hillel Founda-
tion for Jewish Campus Life. Later, as
a graduate, he joined its visiting com-
mittee and became honorary curator
and president of Judaica at Harvard
University Library. He also served as a
member of the Visiting Committee to
Harvard Divinity School.
From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Frost was
chair of the New York State Archives
Partnership Trust. He was also the
president and a director of the Jewish
Telegraphic Agency and a trustee of the
PEF Israel Endowment Funds, Inc.
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