Culver Academies observed Frank Batten Day during the CMA retreat ceremony on Sept. 19. A special order was read honoring Frank Batten Sr. ’45. The order reads:
“One of Culver Academies great benefactors, Frank Batten Sr. lived a long and productive life and was viewed as the embodiment of servant-leadership by any community or organization to which he served.
“Frank Batten was a communications entrepreneur who made his mark as a newspaper publisher, winning a Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles championing desegregation in the 1960s. His thoughts and actions remarkably parallel our current program of promoting human dignity, regard for the individual and our Culver Military Academy goals summarized by the acronym RESPECT. He gave his time, his creativity, and his resources to help those in whom he believed. He certainly made a difference at Culver.
“During his time at Culver, Frank Batten attended Culver Naval School in 1940. He served on the Summer Schools & Camps staff in 1944. As a cadet of Culver Military Academy he earned Gold and Silver A’s, lettered in cross country and track, was a member of the Honor Guard, commanded Company C. In the last decade he authored for Culver Academies The Batten Scholars Program, The Batten Fellows Program, The Batten Teaching and Learning Initiative, and The Batten Leadership Challenge.
“Frank Batten was a ‘prince’ of a man who was humble and generous as well as entrepreneurial and courageous. He was a great Culver man.”