In addition to the Los Angeles Times, other major news organizations wrote excellent obituaries, including:
The New Yorker profiled Frank in this January 16, 1995 article (subscription required).
Princeton classmates and professional colleagues remember that of all his wonderful traits, no other description than “gentlemanly” fits Frank better. Frank played 150 lb football at Princeton and was the stolen base leader on the baseball team. In later years, he served on the University's Board of Trustees. On the lighter side, when we were undergraduates, Frank was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of pop music. As was pointed out, he knew even the B side of hit singles.
FRANK JOSEPH BIONDI, JR.
Frank died at his Los Angeles home on November 25, 2019, the result of bladder cancer. Publications across the country reported and lamented his passing. The headline of The New York Times obituary was typical: “Frank Biondi, Quiet Powerhouse in Entertainment Industry, Dies at 74.” The accounts were uniform in emphasizing Frank’s gentlemanly manner and unfailing civility, along with his considerable business success.
Frank grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and graduated from Livingston High, where he was baseball team captain, All-State in that sport, and Boys State delegate. At Princeton he majored in psychology, belonged to Cannon Club, and was baseball centerfielder and lightweight football halfback.
After earning an MBA from Harvard in 1968, Frank began a spectacular business career that would include, among other significant accomplishments, leadership of HBO, Viacom, and Universal Studios.
Frank was elected Princeton Alumni Trustee at Large in 1995, the same year he received the Robert L. Peters, Jr. ’42 Award for distinguished achievements in his field.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol Oughton Biondi; daughters, Anne Biondi Simonds ’97 and Jane Biondi Munna ’00; six grandchildren; and brother, Robert Biondi. The Class extends its heartfelt condolences to them.
Memorial Service Information
From: Biondi RSVP <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, December 6, 2019 4:05 PM
To: Biondi RSVP <email@example.com>
Subject: Frank's Memorial Services, January 11th and August 7th
We have confirmed the dates and locations for Frank’s memorial services:
Saturday, January 11th at the Broad Stage (at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center)
Friday, August 7th at the Old Whaling Church, 89 Main St, Edgartown, MA 02539
10 am. Reception to follow.
Please mark your calendars. We hope one or even both dates are possible for you. Please reply to this email if you think you can attend so we can get a sense of numbers. If you hear of someone we have missed, please let us know.
Looking forward to celebrating Frank with all who loved him.
Tom Norris attended the January 11 service and writes:
I attended as Frank’s roommate his memorial service this weekend in Santa Monica. I have never been so saddened at the loss of one we knew so long ago. I had known Frank longer than anyone else there, but most everyone else had come to know him better as he had become very special to all of them in there lives. He made it in a world with integrity by placing his family first and unseating his many accomplishments. He was so fortunate to have Carol and his 2 daughters and grandchildren to keep him grounded. There were so many people from many walks of life with whom he has been an inspiration. It was a privilege to be able to attend."
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The photos at the top are from the Freshman Herald and the Nassau Herald.
The first picture below shows Anne Biondi Simonds ’97, Frank, and Jane Biondi Munna ’00 at Jane's 2012 wedding. Frank is with Carol in the second.