Frank D. Stella
Members of NIAF’s Board of Directors, staff and supporters mourn the loss of Foundation Chairman Emeritus Frank D. Stella, who passed away Monday, September 27, 2010 at the age of 91. He will be greatly missed.
Born in 1919 in
His experiences procuring dining equipment for the Army were a valuable introduction to the food services industry. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1946 at the end of World War II, Mr. Stella returned to
Although his business began by selling ice-makers, it soon grew to be an industry innovator, providing door-to-door equipment design and engineering for markets, restaurants and bars. As
Mr. Stella joined the NIAF Board of Directors in 1978, bringing to our organization his finely honed business acumen, years of experience in public service and fierce dedication to his Italian American heritage. He served as NIAF Chairman from 1990 to 1999, and prior to that served President of the Board for more than nine years.
As chairman, Mr. Stella focused on strengthening NIAF’s institutes and affiliate organizations while enhancing the Foundation’s relationship with
Through his dedication, he in turn galvanized new generations of NIAF leaders, said NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq., adding, “On a personal note, Frank was a great inspiration, role model and colleague to me. He supported my nomination to [Foundation Board of Directors] to join as then its youngest Board Member. For that reason, I am committed to supporting the nomination of the best and brightest young leaders to serve on NIAF’s Board.”
Mr. Stella and his late wife, Martha, had seven children: Daniel, Mary Anne, William, Philip, Marsha, James and Stephen. In 1994, he lost both his wife and his eldest son, Daniel, in whose memory he established NIAF’s Daniel Stella Scholarship Fund.