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1930 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
FRANK LAMPING Frank J. Lamping went home to be with his Heavenly Father Nov. 11, 2014. He dedicated his life to education having served students of the Clark County School District for over 30 years. Frank, a first-generation American, was born March 23, 1930, to Gabriel and Rose Lamping, in Pittsburgh. He attended St. Ambrose Catholic Elementary School and North Catholic High School. After serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he received a bachelor's degree at Slippery Rock Teacher's College and master of education at the University of Pittsburgh. While teaching at Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, he was recruited by the Clark County School District to be their first special education coordinator. He was a principal for the Clark County School District for over 30 years, serving at Paradise Elementary, Hyde Park, Orr and Burkholder Middle School. He was privileged to open two new schools, Kenny C. Guinn Junior High and Thurman White Middle School. He was instrumental in developing the middle school concept in the District and was often referred to by those who worked for him as the "Guru of Middle School Education." Under his guidance, Guinn Junior High was the first school in Nevada to receive the President's Excellence in Education Award. White was recognized as the most outstanding middle school by the Western Regional Middle School Consortium. Frank had also served on the Board of Directors of St. Rose Hospital, Bishop Gorman High School, the Exchange Club the Boys Club of Clark County, the Governor's Commission on Education Excellence, Nevada Department of Education Committee on Middle School Development, was Nevada Representative of the National Beta Club and had been the Southern Regional Vice President of the Congressional Awards Council of Nevada. He was instrumental in placing Freedom Shrines in many elementary schools. He also worked briefly as a senior vice president at Valley Bank. He was past president of St. Viator's Parish Council and member of the St. Viator and Guardian Angel Cathedral Choirs. He was currently a parishioner of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. He received numerous awards including the University of Notre Dame Exemplar Award for Education, the Milkin National Educators Award, Profiles in Excellence from the American School Board Association, the Exchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds Award, Outstanding Principal of the Year Award and induction into the CCSD Education Hall of Fame. His greatest honor was having an elementary school named in his behalf. He made regular visits to Lamping Elementary to read to children and to honor its outstanding students and faculty. He once stated, "All I ever wanted in my career was to make a difference in the lives of the next generation." He accomplished his goal by touching the hearts and minds of thousands of students and educators who over many years have benefited from his dedication and commitment to education. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Albert, Willie, Helen, Robert and Mildred; and first wife, Betty Lee Kirk Lamping. He is survived by his caring wife, Rose; sons, Kirk and Clark; daughters-in-law, Sharena and Bonnie; grandchildren, Jared, Jessica, Ryan and Jack Reagan; brother, Joseph of Pittsburgh; stepdaughters, Lianne (Vince) and Victoria (John); and stepgrandchildren, Katharine, Claudia, Ron and Ryan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Frank Lamping Memorial Fund at Lamping Elementary School. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at St. Thomas More Church, 130 N. Pecos Road. Reception following at 11:30 a.m. at Lamping Elementary School, 2551 Summit Grove Drive, Henderson, NV 89052.
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