In memory of
Frank Caldwell Port St. Lucie, FL June 9, 1921 - September 18, 2016 After a breakfast of Steak and Eggs, while tapping his toe to his favorite jazz masters, Frank Leonard Caldwell, 95, on Sunday, 18 September 2016, simply went to sleep with a smile on his face. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth more than 10 years ago. He is survived by his brother Gordon Caldwell of California, his children, grandchildren, and countless extended family. Caldwell led a dignified and honorable life. He claimed a piece of history as the first African American to serve on the New York State Parole Board. He was appointed by then NY State Governor Nelson Rockefeller, in 1957. Caldwell served as Commissioner of Parole for 20 years. Before his appointment he and the Honorable Clifford Browne ran Browne and Caldwell, a NY law firm specializing in criminal law. Caldwell was born and grew up in Denver, Colorado. He is one of the University of Denver's earliest African-American graduates, earning his Law degree Summa Cum Laude in 1947. None of the Denver law firms extended an offer to the young African-American lawyer, so he turned his energies to teaching at North Carolina College law school, now known as North Carolina Central University. His future bride, Ruth Fayerman Norman of New York City caught his eye and they were wed after her graduation. She was the first woman of any race to receive a law degree in either Carolina. The Caldwell's led an active social life, striving to raise their family in a Christian home in NY, after retiring they built a home and tree farm 40 miles south of the Canadian border. However after experiencing the ease of a Florida winter, they migrated to the Treasure Coast of Florida, where they lived their remaining days. The Caldwell's were cremated and their ashes will be scattered in Colorado and Massachusetts. They are deeply loved and sorely missed. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to: The Friends of the Blair-Caldwell Library Foundation, 201 Welton Street, Denver, CO, 80205. Online Condolences can be made at www.Martin-Funeral.com
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