Frank Apantaku ’71, P’09

Frank Apantaku '71
Frank Apantaku believes that a good liberal arts education should be available to anyone academically capable. Supporting Colby is one way he can work toward making that a reality. “Although I was a biology and chemistry major at Colby,” he said, “I acquired the fundamental educational base to pursue anything that piques my interest. That is the best gift I could have received from Colby College. I am sure that today’s students will appreciate their college days many years from now as much as I do—hence my support for the College.”

In partial return for that gift from Colby, Frank has been a regular contributor to the Colby Fund, and with the recently completed Colby Fund challenge, he increased his gift tenfold. All of that increase was matched by the Colby Fund challenge, leveraging his Colby Fund gift to 19 times the amount he gave the previous year. And yet, he said, “I only wish I had more to give.”

At Colby Frank was a tennis star and won the prestigious Randall J. Condon Medal for constructive citizenship. He earned an M.D. from Northwestern University, then traveled the world on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship before returning for his residency. He has been a member of the surgical faculty at Chicago Medical School, had a private practice, and was appointed surgeon in chief and president of the medical staff at Provident Hospital of Cook County. He started a clinical research company and a clinical teaching program for third- and fourth-year medical students, and he is currently president and general surgeon of Apantaku Clinics, Ltd. He and his wife, Lecia, a breast surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, have three daughters: Elyse, Colby Class of 2009, and high school students Erisa and Elora.

In addition to furthering his education, in his free moments Frank enjoys golf (or “walking through grazed grassland, admiring squirrels, wildlife, and cardinals while taking out my frustration by whacking a white plastic ball,” as he puts it).

Frank’s numerous volunteer roles at Colby have included trustee, overseer, and internship sponsor, and he currently is a member of the Parents Executive Committee. In 1991 he received a Colby Brick Award. Frank’s many gifts to the College have included two study carrels and the Elyse Apantaku ’09 Endowment Fund.

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