The Passing of Our President
A great soul and a loving heart has passed from this world. Frankie Day, beloved President of Alpha Psi Omega, died the morning of October 22, 2015 at her home in Graham, North Carolina. Even though Professor Day had been battling ovarian and stomach cancer for the last several months, she had remained active as our President until very close to the end, and her deep dedication to this Honor Society and to all the students who joined its ranks remained undiminished.
I first met Frankie when I was serving as APO’s Vice-President. At the National Meeting every March, her Theta Epsilon Chapter from North Carolina A & T State University would inevitably be the most enthusiastic chapter in the room, and they were led by the shining light of Frankie herself. When I was nominated for the office of President, I knew that we could find no one better to nominate for Vice-President than Frankie Day. She joyfully accepted the National Office’s invitation and served as Vice-President and the strong right hand to the President’s Office from 2002 to 2012. And over those years, my love and admiration for Frankie increased exponentially. In 2012, when I stepped down, Frankie was the only choice the National Office considered for the office of President. She led this organization with utter dedication and integrity, and her loss is a profound one for the National Officers and Alpha Psi Omega.
Unlike anyone else, Frankie’s spirit filled a room and her love encompassed everyone around her. She was the beating heart of Alpha Psi Omega. Her death has created a void that anyone who knew her is now feeling, but such a great soul does not pass from this world and leave it empty. Frankie’s spirit fills everyone she ever met, spoke to, touched, loved. And that’s a lot of people. Frankie Day will live on in her students, her colleagues, her family, and in this Honor Society.
Teresa Choate, President ex officio
I lost a friend to cancer yesterday. She was a bright light in this world. Her impact was larger than most, through her tireless and inspiring work as a theatre educator.
I met Frankie in March of 2006 when I attended my first Southeastern Theatre Conference as Webmaster of Alpha Psi Omega, and she was National Vice President. First impressions matter, right? Particularly in theatre? Well, Frankie was *fabulous*. Everywhere she went she brightened everyone and everything around her. She was a force of nature.
She will be missed, greatly, by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
- Joel Lord, Webmaster, Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society