NameReuben Bernhard ("Jack") Frost
Birth26 Apr 1907, Sheyenne, North Dakota
Baptism19 May 1907, Sheyenne, North Dakota
Death17 Feb 1989, Fort Garland, Colorado
BurialSpring Grove, Minnesota
OccupationPhysical Educator
EducationB.A. Luther College, Decorah IA; Ph. D. , U Of Oregon
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FatherHemming Hansen Frost (1871-1927)
MotherGena Elise Ellingson (1882-1966)
Birth30 Mar 1917, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Death16 Nov 2008, Los Alamos, New Mexico
BurialSpring Grove, Minnesota
EducationB.S., University Of Minnesota (Speech Therapy)
FatherHerbert Fletcher Timmons (1882-1935)
MotherViney Mae Andrew (1888-1972)
Marriage25 Jul 1939, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Biography notes for Reuben Bernhard ("Jack") Frost
See for an oral history interview with Reuben Frost about his life and career.
Obituary notes for Reuben Bernhard ("Jack") Frost
Dr. Reuben B. (Jack) Frost, well-known physical educator, died of cancer at his home near Fort Garland, Colorado on Feb. 17, 1989. He was 81.

When he retired in 1974, Dr. Frost was Buxton Professor of Physical Education and Director of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts, positions he had held since 1960.

Dr. Frost was born in Sheyenne, North Dakota, and grew up in a pastor's family on a farm near Spring Grove, Minnesota. He graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1928. He held an M.A. degree from the University of Iowa, and the Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Before his appointment at Springfield College he had taught and coached in Glenwood, Minnesota, at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota; for 14 years he was Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota.

A respected teacher, coach, and administrator, Dr. Frost was President of the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1964-65. That same year he was selected by the State Department to represent the United States at the International Olympic Academy in Greece.

After serving as director of a Peace Corps Training Program for volunteers to South America, Dr. Frost traveled and lectured in Central and South America, Jamaica, Canada, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong and Mexico. In recognition of his international work, he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1985 from the International Relations Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

The holder of honorary degrees from Luther College and Springfield College, Dr. Frost is listed in Who's Who in America, and in 1985 received the Hetherington Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Academy of Physical Education. South Dakota State University named its basketball arena after him in recognition of his contributions to that institution.

The author of numerous professional articles, Dr. Frost has also written or edited five volumes, including three editions of a widely respected text book, The Administration of Physical Education and Athletics.

He served in the Air Force during World War II, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 1979-80 he was Visiting Professor at West Point Military Academy.

Dr. Frost also contributed to communities he lived in, serving as President of Rotary and of the Chamber of Commerce in Brookings, on church councils in Brookings and Springfield, and on other boards and commissions.

His love of travel and the out-of-doors led to family camping and fishing trips all over the U. S., plus Canada and Mexico. His children will remember his sense of humor and his fairness, as well as his fine teaching when helping with homework.

He is survived by his wife, Jean E. Frost, ten children and 21 grandchildren. His daughters are Mary Steen of Northfield, Minnesota; Margaret Bartlett of Durango, Colorado; Kathryn Willcutt of Los Alamos, New Mexico; Barbara Frost of Los Angeles, California; Helen Frost Thompson of Eugene, Oregon; Dorothy Teeter of Seattle, Washington; Nancy Simpson of Bryan, Texas; Karen Jordan of Wrangell, Alaska. His sons are Richard of Jericho, Vermont and Herbert of Ledyard, Connecticut.

His sisters, Esther Frost of Edina, Minnesota, and Florence Kronlokken of Mankato, Minnesota, also survive him. He was preceded in death by his brothers Gerhard and Herbert, and his sister Helen.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Alamosa, Colorado. Burial will be in Spring Grove, Minnesota. The family requests that memorials be given to Luther College, South Dakota State University, or Trinity Lutheran Church in Alamosa.
Notes for Reuben Bernhard ("Jack") Frost
See for an account by Kathryn E. Frost of Reuben Frost’s burial in Spring Grove, Minnesota on June 24, 1989.


My favorite story from Riceford (I think) was about Dad and Uncle Gay [Gerhard] climbing up the windmill while their parents were away, and their parents coming home (it would have been in a horse and buggy along the road, right?) and seeing them on top of the windmill, knowing that the boys would know they were in trouble for being up there, and thus would be trying to scramble down before their parents got home.

Who remembers the details of this story--what happened in the end? I know no one got hurt, unless it was the burned britches kind of hurt. (I picture it as the parents seeing the kids and then the road turning somehow, or going downhill, so they were out of sight of each other.)

-- Helen M. Frost in a 26 Aug 2005 email message to Jack’s chidren, grandchildren, nieces, & nephews.
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