Frank A. Chisholm Fund
Frank Anderson Chisholm was born August 24, 1910, at the family home on Jones Street in Savannah. The son of Frank Miller Chisholm and Elsie Grace Barnard, Frank attended Savannah’s Pape School as well as Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire before graduating from Yale University in 1932.
During his time at Yale, Frank made plans for a career on Wall Street but following the stock market crash he returned to Savannah where he and Sam Varnedoe formed the investment firm Varnedoe, Chisholm & Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
In 1940, Frank married Marjorie Kelly of Sioux City, Iowa. During their ten-year marriage they had three daughters – Marjorie Batcheller, Diane Middleton, and Hatherley Merrick.
Frank enlisted in the Navy to serve his country during World War II and in 1944 Lieutenant Junior Grade Chisolm was made Commander of the United States Navy’s Landing Craft Infantry 816 (LCI- 816), part of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Forces. As such he was part of the invasion of Okinawa and the subsequent American occupation of Japan.
In 1956, Frank married Katherine Crutcher, born March 31, 1929, the daughter of Ralph and Eleanor Crutcher of Savannah. Katherine also attended Savannah’s Pape School and after graduation enrolled at Randolph Macon Women’s College in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was initiated into Kappa Delta Sorority and played on the freshman women’s basketball team. Katherine eventually transferred to the University of Georgia where she earned her degree before returning home to work first for the Board of Education and eventually for The Savannah Bank. It was during that time that she and Frank met, and within three months were married and beginning a life that together would span sixty years, two children, Frank Anderson Chisholm, Jr. and Elsie Robinson “Dolly” Chisholm Sadler, eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great grandchildren.
Katherine loved historic preservation, serving on the boards of both Massie Heritage Center and Historic Savannah Foundation. She was the Georgia Vice Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames.
During his lifetime Frank was President of the Georgia Society of the Cincinnati and President General of the National Society. He was also a member of the Georgia Society of Colonial Wars, and for seventy-five years Frank was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society, earning him the distinction of being their longest active member.
Frank Chisholm died June 9, 2008, age 97. Katherine died February 1, 2016, age 86. They are buried in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah. In 1999, his family established the Frank A. Chisholm Fund at the Georgia Historical Society in his honor.