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December 20, 1936 - June 29, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Rodman A. Frates died on June 29, 2012. He was born in Oklahoma City on December 20, 1936. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Clifford L. Frates and Mex Frates. Rod went to Nichols Hills Grade School and Casady School. He graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, and attended law school for one year at the University of Virginia. He served in the United States Air Force National Guard. In 1962, Rod went to work at C.L. Frates and Company, the insurance agency founded by his father. He became President and acquired ownership of the company in 1964. He remained the President of C.L. Frates and Company until his death. Under his leadership, the company organized and acted as manager for a number of insurance companies, including Physicians Casualty Insurance Company (PCIC); Physicians Liability Insurance Company (PLICO); Hospital Casualty Company (HCC); Granite Re; BancInsure, Inc.; and AVSURE, Inc. Rod was also one of the founders of Travelers Motor Club, Inc., an automobile service club; and one of the owners and operators of the Santa Fe Club, a tennis and fitness facility. Along with Robert Porter, Rod started Earth Satellite Corporation in Washington, D.C. The company pioneered the science of interpreting satellite photography for a variety of commercial and government uses, including locating Iraqi missiles during the first Gulf War. Utilizing imagery from space, Rod organized and led the first archaeological expedition that relied on data collected from satellites. The expedition discovered a number of lost cites in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Remote sensing has now become an important tool to archaeologists, and for his work, Rod was honored in 1992 at the World Epigraphy Conference in San Francisco. Once again applying space imagery, Rod started Samda, Inc., a company that identified previously untapped sources of ground water in California. At the time of his death, Rod served on the Board of Directors of Cosmos ID, a biotech company; SpecTir Corporation, a remote sensing company; Exploration Signatures, a company specializing in the analysis of multi and hyper spectral Imagery; Granite Re; BancInsure, Inc.; and AVSURE, Inc. A lifetime involvement in charitable projects included serving on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood, both locally and internationally; and the Alan Guttmacher Foundation. He was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Frontiers of Science Foundation and a Director of the KIPP School, Casady School, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation, and Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. Rod was the recipient of the 2006 Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award. An avid runner, Rod and Homer Hyde raised or contributed the funds to build the indoor track at the North Side YMCA. As a golfer, Rod played collegiate golf at Dartmouth and played in the NCAA, USGA National Amateur, and USGA National Senior Amateur Tournaments. He was predeceased by his brother, Tom S. Frates. He is survived by his wife, Joan Frates; and children: Keith Frates and partner, Kirk Apt, Grand Junction, Colorado; Robin and husband, Jeff Corbett, Los Angeles, California; Cliff and Nolina Frates, Bellevue, Idaho; Darian Frates, Oklahoma City; and stepdaughter, Linde di Gregorio, Oklahoma City; as well as grandchildren, Clifford Lucas Corbett, Anna Corbett, Eliza Corbett, Lucinda Frates, Edith Frates, Gabriel di Gregorio, Isabella di Gregorio, Scarlett Staggs; and his brother, Kent F. Frates, Oklahoma City. Services will be private for the family, however, all are welcome for a reception in Rod's honor from 4 to 6 p.m. at his home, 4901 Larissa Lane, on Wednesday, July 4th. The family suggests that donations in Rod's honor be made to the KIPP Reach College Prep, 1901 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73117; and Casady School, 9500 N Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73156; or the .

Published in The Oklahoman from July 1 to July 2, 2012
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