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Dr Frank Mate

posted Nov 29, 2016, 6:02 PM by Lynn Hamilton

Dear Scouter and families,

It with with great sadness and heavy heart to tell you that Dr. Frank Mate died on November 15, 2016.

He was an Eagle Scout at the age of 14 and receiving his Eagle November 27, 1944.
He was a registered Scout until his death.
He was a registered as a scout for 60 years and was recognized for this achievement by the National Scouting Office in Texas.
He earned his Woodbage Beads, received the District Award of Merit and received the Silver Beaver Award.
In his retirement he volunteered at the Scout office in Bethesda.
He collected and then donated the pocket knife collection on display,in the lobby, at the Council office in Bethesda.
He was part Native American Indian, researched his heritage and scouting, applied it to his life and passed it onto others by example.
He touched many lives in his 87 years of life.
He was a good friend to all who knew him.
He was a dedicated Scouter and supported all scouting.
He was not only a leader of youth but trained both youth and adults over the years. For many years he was a part of the Seneca, Forest Oak and Montgomery Districts training team.
He was a great story teller.
If you attend Cub Scout Day Camp in the Seneca, Forest Oak or Black Hills Districts in the 90's you may remember him as the first aider. He was known as Doc Mate.
He was at Tiger 500's doing first aide as well as supporting the program.
Did you ever go to the Montgomery County Fair and walk across the rope bridge that was in the Scout area?  You might have been escorted across by Dr. Mate.  He volunteered many days and hours at the Scout area.
Dr. Mate sat on many Eagle Boards for the Seneca and Forest Oak Districts.
Dr. Mate supported Scouting at the local, District and Council level.  He believed that all youth deserved a chance to be a scout.
Along with Charles Ferrell and the late Marshall Grotenhist he created the Forest Oak District patch.
Dr. Mate was a pediatrician before his retirement.

Those who wish to pay their respects to Frank and his family are welcome to gather the hour preceding the service. The memorial service will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by fellowship at the Church from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please wear your Scout uniform if at all possible to the service, it would mean a lot to the family.

Memorial Service:
December 10th, next Saturday, at Pathway Baptist Church of Gaithersburg, (the church just changed names this past year - formally known as 1st Baptist Church) 200 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

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