Advisory Board member emeritus receives Ben Franklin Award

Frank H. Batchelor, Penn State Beaver Advisory Board member emeritus, received the 2010 Ben Franklin Entrepreneurship Award in ceremonies hosted by the Beaver County Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 4, at Seven Oaks Country Club, Brighton Township. Batchelor, a founding member of the Advisory Board, has been a member almost continuously since 1965.

More than 90 members of the community, including staff and friends of Penn State Beaver, attended the luncheon honoring Batchelor.

He was president of Batchelor Furniture Company which was established in 1896 by his father and two uncles. The store, which closed in September, was the oldest furniture company in continuous operation in Western Pennsylvania.

Since 1994, the Beaver County Foundation has recognized 41 small businesses that have succeeded financially as well as provided employment and community outreach opportunities in the region.

Batchelor, a Monaca native, is a graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and has led and/or been involved with numerous social agencies and community outreach organizations for more than 50 years.

With the award, Batchelor also received a cash gift of $500 which he donated to the Friends of Franklin, Inc, an organization dedicated to promoting fellowship, learning, and the spirit of Ben Franklin.

For more information, contact Beaver’s Office of Campus and Community Relations at or 724-773-3816.


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Last Updated November 08, 2010