Frank Robbins Chapman Jr. died February 1, 2008 at Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, ME On October 28, 1923 Frank was born in Harper Hospital, Detroit, Michigan to Frank Robbins Chapman and Lou Blackwood Chapman, his father, an architect, and mother.
Frank, known within and without the family as "Bob", lived near the corner of Collingwood and 14th Streets in Detroit in early life and subsequently removed with the family to Chicago Blvd. in Detroit where he attended Doty School. In 1935 his father built a new house in the countryside north of Rochester, Michigan on Mead Road, Oakland County where Frank attended the Rochester schools through grade seven. He finished secondary level training at Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan graduating in 1942. Yale University was the site for three degrees in architecture and city planning, BA '47, March '49, and MCP '54. He had also been accepted at Dartmouth, his father's institution, and the U.S. Naval Academy. His town planning thesis was a design for the St. Lawrence Seaway and a new town within it. Mr. Chapman was three years in the U.S. Navy during WW2. Following graduation Frank boarded a revamped C4 troop carrier in 1947 for Europe. He was accepted and completed a year's study of architecture and urban planning at Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan in Stockholm, Sweden. Frank subsequently spent eleven years working in Sweden where he became a member of the Swedish Architects' Association (SAR) and The Royal Bachelors' Club of Gothenburg. He was employed also three years in Copenhagen, Denmark as an architect. He worked in Canada, Brazil, and in Botswana where he served as chief planner for the Ministry of Surveys and Lands and as an adjunct for the UNDP. There he married his Swedish fiancée, Barbro Haller of Gothenburg, Sweden, in the year 1970. The pair returned to Sweden driving their short wheelbase Land Rover 14,000 miles through Africa and Europe. Crossing the Atlantic the pair took up residence in Hilton Head Island, SC working there, residing seven years on their 30 foot sloop. Suffering the "oil crisis" of 1975 the pair accepted another UN post in Saudi Arabia where they remained until 1981. Frank first served first as a councilman on the Hilton Head Town Council and eventually was elected Mayor in 1993 and served a single term. As mayor he resisted further commercialization of Hilton Head Island. In 1999 Frank and Barbro sold the house they had built upon return from Saudi Arabia and removed to Deer Isle, Maine constructing there yet another house located on ocean frontage.
He is survived by his wife Barbro; sisters, Mary Lou Ingwersen and Doris C. Hinds as well as six nieces and four nephews. Memorial contributions in Frank’s memory may be made to Island Heritage Trust, 420 Sunset Road, P O Box 42, Deer Isle, ME 04627
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