Frank Reiche

Obituary of Frank Perley Reiche

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Frank Perley Reiche, 91, a long-time resident of Princeton and the surrounding communities of Pennington and Plainsboro, died peacefully at The Elms of Cranbury on April 17, 2021. Raised in Bristol, Connecticut, he attended Bristol High School and then matriculated to Williams College, graduating with a Political Economics major in 1951. He subsequently earned a L.L.B. degree from Columbia University School of Law, a M.A. degree in Foreign Affairs from George Washington University and a L.L.M. degree in Taxation from New York University School of Law.


Frank was active in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956 and in the naval reserves from 1960-1966.  Moving to Princeton, New Jersey, he joined the law firm Smith, Stratton, Wise & Heher as an Associate from 1962-1964 and a Partner from 1964-1979. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated and the U.S. Senate confirmed him to a six-year term on the Federal Election Commission (FEC), including a year as FEC chairperson in 1982.  When his FEC term ended, he returned to New Jersey as a practicing attorney with law firms based in Lawrenceville and West Trenton.  He then became Of Counsel to the law firm Archer & Greiner (now Archer Law) in its Princeton office.  Throughout his legal profession, Frank specialized in tax law, estate planning and charitable giving.  He also wrote extensively on campaign finance law.


Frank was engaged in a variety of philanthropic and charitable activities on both a local and national level.  He was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel where he served at one time as New Jersey chairperson, acted as a Director of the Center for Responsive Politics and was appointed as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission by Governor William Cahill.  Frank was former national chairperson of planned giving for Williams College and a former trustee of Wells College.  Locally, he was former trustee emeritus at the Center of Theological Inquiry, former trustee of Westminster Choir College and former member of the Stuart Country Day School Advisor Board.


Frank was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.  He was married to Janet Taylor Reiche for 67 years.  He is survived by Janet; his daughter Cynthia Schumacker of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; his son Dean Reiche of Pennington, New Jersey; his two grandsons Alexander Schumacker of Honolulu, Hawaii and Christopher Reiche of New York, New York; two great-granddaughters and nieces and nephews.


A private family burial service will be held on Saturday, April 24th at Princeton Cemetery.  A memorial service for family and friends is planned for a future date at the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Princeton Medical Center Foundation, 5 Plainsboro Road, Suite 365, Plainsboro, New Jersey 08536 or Williams College, 75 Park Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267.  Contributions can include the notation “in memory of Frank Reiche”.

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