FRANK HUNTER STRICKLER Native
Washingtonian, Frank Hunter Strickler, died on
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at his home in Chevy
Chase, Maryland. He was 92.
He was born January 20, 1920 and grew up
on 10th Street, N.W. He graduated from Central
High School in the District in 1938. Mr. Strickler
put himself through college working at the F.B.I. as
a fingerprint examiner, earning undergraduate and law degrees at George
Washington University. At GW, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha
His education was interrupted by service in the Merchant Marine during
World War II, where he was a seaman and cook. For his service he earned
the Atlantic War Zone Medal, the Merchant Marine Emblem, the
Mediterranean-Middle East War Zone Medal and the Pacific War Zone Medal.
After graduating from law school he was a law clerk for Chief Judge Bolitha
Law of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and ater
acted as Assistant United States Attorney, rising to the level of Chief of the
Civil Division. While there, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. In
1956 he joined the Washington law firm of Whiteford, Hart, Carmody and
Wilson, where he stayed until the firm dissolved in 1985. While at that firm,
he and his partner, John J. Wilson, represented H. R. Haldeman and John
Ehrlichman in the Watergate matter. In 1985, Mr. Strickler briefly joined the
firm of Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver before accepting the position of
General Counsel at the Washington Gas Light Company. He retired from the
gas company in 1990.
He was a lifelong Republican, an active member of the Kiwanis Club of D.C.,
and a devoted member of Gunton-Temple Memorial Presbyterian Church. He
was also a member of the Barristers Club of Washington, D.C. and
Congressional Country Club, and a Fellow of the American College of Trial
Mr. Strickler was known to many as "Hank" and delighted family and friends
with oyster dinners from Captain White's seafood at the Maine Avenue
wharves. He loved family trips to Bethany Beach, Delaware and was an avid
golf and bridge player. He inspired many family members and neighbors with
his wit, love of debate, strong convictions and warmth. He will be missed by
his many admirers.
Mr. Strickler is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Ellis Barnard
Strickler, their four children, Nancy Strickler Borah (Ken) of Baltimore,
Maryland, Elizabeth Ann ("Betsy") Strickler of Takoma Park, Maryland,
Frank Hunter Strickler, Jr. (April) of Huntley, Virginia, and Charles Barnard
Strickler of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and their grandchildren, Katherine Ellis
Borah, Robert Franklin Borah and Jackson Orcutt Strickler, and by many
cherished nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Folkerth and his brother, Charles
Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. until
time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons, Inc. 5130
Wisconsin Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20016.
Interment Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C.
Published in The Washington Post on April 1, 2012