Frank Morsani

Class of 1949
Inducted 2009


A graduate of Will Rogers and Oklahoma State University, Frank Morsani served four years in the Navy during the Korean War. His career was predominately in the automotive industry, ranging from serving as a Ford Motor Company representative to owning a large network of automobile dealerships in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Nevada. Like his wife Carol, Frank is active in community leadership and philanthropy.

Chief Justice Berger appointed Frank to the Prison Industries Council and he served on many boards in Washington, D.C., including the National Automobile Dealership Association, Board of Import Automobile Dealerships, and the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he was chairman in 1985-1986.

He chaired the board of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for nine years. President Carter appointed Frank to the White House Conference on Small Business. President Reagan appointed him to the Small Business Administration Advisory Council.

Both Frank and Carol have endowed chairs at Oklahoma State University, the University of South Florida, University of Tampa and Moffitt Cancer Research Hospital. They endowed the Medical School named in their honor, and the Clinic for Advanced Health Care. They both served on the Community Foundation Board.

Their philanthropy has supported the visual arts, performing arts, education, medical research, and humanitarian charities.