John “Jack” Frenaye ’49 and his wife, Doris, recently were honored by the Humane Society of Treasure Coast, Palm City, Fla., for their continual contributions and service to the organization since they arrived in Florida more than 20 years ago. The not-for-profit held a surprise lunch to recognize the couple.
Since moving to the Treasure Coast in 1988, the Frenaye family has helped shape the Humane Society’s facilities there. Their involvement began when Doris asked what she could do to help and instituted a dog walking program. That effort has since developed into 50 volunteers walking 150 dogs, a cat petting program, a therapy dog-training program, and a local Paws to Read effort where children with reading problems are given the opportunity to improve their skills by reading aloud to dogs.
In the late 1990s, Jack became the first male member of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors, and he brought a whole new dimension of thought to the table. He helped found the annual golf tournament, and has been an active participant in the annual Paws and Claws fundraiser dinner. Funds raised by these events have gone to things such as the Animobile, a vehicle that is a veterinarian’s office on wheels-and is fully equipped for surgery.
Among the other causes to which he donates his time are the Meals-on-Wheels Program, and 1000 Friends of Florida, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of healthy urban and natural places by providing wise management of growth and change.
In addition to serving his home community, Jack has remained involved with Hobart and William Smith, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1974 through 1989. He is now an Honorary Member of the Board of Trustees.
During his time at Hobart, Frenaye majored in economics, and played lacrosse. He was a member of the Chimera and Orange Key societies, as well as a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. Prior to attending Hobart, Jack served with the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.
The photo above of Jack Frenaye was taken during his 50th reunion at Hobart and William Smith.