April 13, 1904–September 26, 1970
BY H. S. YODER, JR.
FEW PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN so generously of their kind help and good cheer to so many as J. Frank Schairer. His multitude of friends reflect on his passing with sadness, yet they cannot help being warmed by the memories of his vigorous and happy life and grateful for his prodigious contributions to experimental mineralogy and petrology. Schairer's researches yielded an immense number of accurate determinations of the melting relations of the common rock-forming minerals at one atmosphere and in vacuo. To many colleagues the greater contribution was his simple and contagious philosophy of life that added zest and joy to all whose lives he touched.
John Frank Schairer was born in Rochester, New York, on April 13, 1904. His father, John George Schairer (1876-1965), was a master lithographer and later a farmer. His mother, Josephine Marie (né e Frank) Schairer (1874-1939), taught school for eight years before her marriage in 1903. Frank, the name his parents preferred, was the first born and he was followed by six girls.
When Frank was five years old he entered the kindergarten of Rochester Public School No. 32 with his sister Helen.