Lasting Memories

John Henry Frenster
Oct. 14, 1928-Jan. 26, 2013
Atherton, California

John Henry Frenster, M.D., longtime resident of Atherton, California, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2013.  Born on October 14, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, he was the only child of Henry and Pauline (nee Janssen) Frenster.

He received his BS (1950) and MD (1954) degrees from the University of Illinois.  Later, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the Walter Reed Army  Research Institute and then was Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller Institute in New York (1958-1965) doing biomedical research.

Dr. Frenster continued his medical and scientific career at Stanford University and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where he served as medical oncologist and researcher, especially in the area of Hodgkins' Lymphoma. Devoted to scientific inquiry in cancer research, cell biology and biophysics, he actively pursued his scientific investigations until his death.

Dr. Frenster married Dr. Jeannette Hovsepian on June 15, 1958. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2008 with a celebration of family and friends at the Broadmoor  Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

As a sports enthusiast, Dr. Frenster could often be found following the latest San Francisco Giants or 49ers game on the radio. He also enjoyed visiting museums of fine art. Listening to classical music and frequently attending live concerts were other passions of Dr. Frenster.

In addition, he was an avid reader of books and journals, and he immersed himself in many subjects such as history, poetry, culture, technology, and mathematics. Years ago he spent many hours with his family at Kepler's bookstore, at Stanford University sporting events,  and on numerous road trips.    Dr. Frenster is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jeannette Hovsepian Frenster; three children, Jeffrey Frenster of San Jose, Diane Frenster (Thomas Moses) of Galesburg, IL, and Linda Jackson of Colorado Springs, CO; and four grandchildren, Mark Frenster and Rebecca, Jacob and Sabrina Jackson.  

A private memorial service will be held in March.

Donations in his memory can be made to the charity of your choice.