Grace Murray Frost



OBIT ISL-FrostBAR HARBOR — Grace Murray Frost passed away April 4, 2016, in Largo, Fla. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Nov. 30, 1928, Grace was the daughter of Dr. Joseph M. Murray and Frances Kent Murray. The family moved to Bar Harbor when Dr. Murray became one of the founding genetic researchers of the newly formed Jackson Lab. Grace later moved to Orono, when her father became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine. She graduated from Orono High School in 1945, and the University of Maine in 1949. She taught school in Mount Desert, Bar Harbor, and Winthrop.

In 1983, Grace took a position at the Jackson Lab. She was reacquainted with former schoolmate Bob Frost, who had recently lost his wife. The two fell in love, married, and built a home on Beech Hill Pond. Grace loved sunning herself on the beach at camp, cruising with Bob in their classic Century speedboat, her dogs, her family, and dancing. Elegant and beautiful, Grace was a “stunner” on the dance floor, and in Bob Frost she found the perfect partner. He was as gregarious as she was shy, decisive as she was reserved, and as easy a talker as she was an avid listener. In Bob, she found the love of her life. Upon their retirement in 1994, the two of them followed the sun to Florida.

Grace was predeceased by her brother Joseph Murray Jr.; her son Bruce Murray Beal; nephew Brian Kuczynski, and stepson Robert Frost Jr. Grace is survived by her husband, Robert Frost; her daughter, Laurie Beal and husband Clark Stivers; her beloved grandsons Joe and Sam Hallman; stepdaughter Janice Loveland and husband Jesse Loveland; step-granddaughter Sara Jones; nieces Carol Murray Goldberg, Susan Murray Kuczynski, Melissa Thompson and their families. An extended step-family includes grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A family memorial will be held in the summer.

 

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