Clinton E. Frank (September 13, 1915 – July 7, 1992) was an American football player and advertising executive. He played halfback for Yale University. In 1954, he founded the Clinton E. Frank, Inc. advertising agency.
Frank attended Yale College, where he was a member of Skull and Bones, and graduated with a degree in economics in 1938. In football, he was a two-time team captain and All-American, and as a senior in 1937, he won the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. He beat out Byron "Whizzer" White for the Heisman Trophy; White later became a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Frank also received the Maxwell Award after his senior year in which he scored three touchdowns in his team`s 19–0 victory over Brown.
Frank was drafted in the 12th round of the 1938 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, but he did not sign; he never played professional football.
Frank was married to Margaret Rathje Frank, with whom he had three sons and six daughters.
Frank joined the Chicago advertising firm of Blackett-Sample-Hummert Inc., where he was employed for ten years before being promoted to advertising manager of E.J. Brach and Sons, the famed candy producer. Frank became a full partner in the advertising agency of Price, Robinson and Frank. He was able to transition this agency into his own with him as owner and president. In 1954 Frank established Clinton E. Frank Inc., a Chicago based advertising agency which was sold to Campbell-Ewald Co. of Detroit in 1976.
Braniff Airways account
One of Clinton E. Frank Agency's most memorable clients was the flashy Dallas-based Braniff International Airways. Frank obtained the account in 1969 from famed advertising executive George Lois. The Frank Agency created the "El Clan, Braniff" advertising scheme for Braniff's growing South American Route System. They also created the highly unique Braniff "You'll Like Flying Braniff Style" Campaign. Both campaigns came complete with musical jingles which were debuted in 1971.
Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Board Member
Passavant Hospital, Director
Northwestern University Hospital, Director
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Governing Member
Yale Club of Chicago, Member
American Association of Advertising, President
Chicago Advertising Club, President
Illinois Racing Board, Board Member
Heisman Trophy, 1937
Maxwell Award, 1937
All American Quarterback and captain, two time recipient, 1937
Good Shepard Award from the Lambs, A country home that aids mentally retarded children (three time award recipient)
Retirement and death
Frank founded the Brain Research Foundation at the University of Chicago and the Eye Research Institute in Boston. He also founded the American Academy of Arts during his retirement.