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View a eulogy for Frank Anthony Lapenta, USMA '69, who passed away on December 18, 1989.

Frank Anthony Lapenta

West Point, 1969

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Mary Pugh on January 30, 2017:

I had the privilege of working with Frank at Nestle. We quickly became best friends. He had quite a wit and was so smart, I enjoyed being with him.

About six months into our friendship he says to me... "Mary, I need to tell you something." I said, "ok, what?"

He says... "Well, Mary... everyone at Nestle knows this except for you..... I am gay!"

Well, this was certainly a surprise to me... which he found very funny, since he had the style of a gay person. I never followed that whole gay style thing...so I was clueless. I told him, his sexual orientation was not important to me...

As time went on, we remained great friends...and one honor I had....was I was the only female he invited to his birthday party (except for his mom). I went and I was amazed at how handsome all the men were... lol.. all gay! I knew so little about the whole gay culture...but Frank was bringing me "up to speed."

I left Nestle and moved to Mexico for a few years, we stayed in touch and when I had a baby, I called him...and he was so excited about it.

Yes, Frank was a great friend. I miss him!

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