Franklin Minerva passed away peacefully in New York City on April 20, 2021 due to complications from cancer. He was surrounded by family and deeply loved. Frank was born on June 23, 1957 in Harrisburg, PA to Phyllis Minerva (neé Mondshein) and Daniel Minerva. As a teenager, he survived a battle with Hodgkin lymphoma, leading his friends to dub him “Fearless Frank.”
He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 and Columbia Business School in 1984. Frank then joined S&P, where he met his wife, Lisa Danzig of Savannah, GA. They were married in 1989. He later worked at MBIA for 16 years and was an accomplished risk analyst, underwriting infrastructure deals in the Americas. Frank lived on Riverside Drive for 37 years and was a devoted Upper West Sider. He and his black standard poodle, Ollie, were regular fixtures in Riverside Park.
He loved skiing, sailing, and engaging in philosophical debate. He had many friends from all walks of life and a genuine gift for striking up conversation with anyone who crossed his path, a testament to his kindness, generosity, intellectual curiosity, and sense of humor. Above all, Frank was a beloved father, husband, and brother. He is survived by his wife Lisa, daughter Adelaide, twin sons Theodore and Benjamin, and sisters Mara and Ellen. He lived a full and engaged life and will be profoundly missed.
Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to the Riverside Park Conservancy or the National Park Foundation.