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Frank Sherwin Streeter (March 25, 1918 - June 12, 2006) was an investor, philanthropist and collector of rare books and records from sea voyages during the Age of Exploration. He was elected to the Horace Walpole Society in 1970, an association which gave him the greatest pleasure of any of his clubs or associations, and of which he was chairman, 1983-92. Streeter's collections included books and maps from the travels of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Capt. James Cook and Ferdinand Magellan.
Frank Sherwin Streeter was born on March 25, 1918, in Manhattan and reared in Morristown, N.J. His father, Thomas W. Streeter, was the greatest collector of Americana of the twentieth century, an astute lawyer and businessman who was actively involved with many American libraries, including AAS, which he served as Council President from 1952 to 1955. His mother, Ruth Cheney Streeter, was one of the first women in the United States to obtain a pilot's license and was one of the highest ranking women in the military forces in World War II, serving as a director of the Women's Reserve of the Marine Corps with the rank of colonel.
Frank attended St. Paul's School and received a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1940 and served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. His two brothers and his mother, Col. Ruth Cheney Streeter, a director of the Women's Reserve of the Marine Corps, also served during that war.
Frank married Nancy Angell in February 1951. They had three daughters, Ellen Streeter Rhodes, Ruth Streeter, and Meg Streeter Lauck.
Streeter's father, Thomas W. Streeter, was also a book collector whose collection of Americana was considered one of the most important of its type. It was sold after his death and inspired Streeter's own interest in book collecting.
Streeter was a trustee of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the New-York Historical Society as well as a former president of the Fresh Air Fund and of the Grolier Club.
After beginning his career at investment firms, Streeter was a financial adviser to John Hay Whitney, an investor and the last publisher of The New York Herald Tribune. After Whitney's death, Streeter was an executor of his estate and continued to work for the Whitney family until his retirement.
Streeter died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 88. He died after a short illness, his family said.
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