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Frank W. McNeil, who served as director of the Rensselaer Union for 40 years, died in February. He was 98. Under McNeil’s leadership, the student Union became more of a focal point than ever for student activities and government.

The plan for the current Union building was initiated and completed under his guidance. Today, the Rensselaer Union’s main dining room, the McNeil Room, bears his name. McNeil, who retired from Rensselaer in 1969, is remembered for his warm and outgoing personality. Born in Schenectady, he had resided most of his life in Troy. He was educated at Troy High School and Troy Business College.

He was a recipient of the Rensselaer Alumni Association’s Albert Fox Demers Medal, a member of Rensselaer’s Athletic Hall of Fame, and an honorary life member of the Association of College Unions. McNeil also was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Troy and the First United Presbyterian Church of Troy. He was the church’s financial secretary for many years.

Rensselaer Magazine: June 2002
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