Elite Prep Remembers the Late Great Dr. Frank D Casale

Respected faculty member, mentor, friend and actor Frank D. Casale passed away suddenly on September 15, 2020.

Frank was the devoted son of Elaine (nee Donnelly) and the late Frank A. Casale, loving brother of Anthony Casale and his wife Barbara Ann, and cherished uncle of Anthony, Justina, and Jordyn. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and his beloved pets Darth Vader and Caesar.

Additionally, he was a poker enthusiast who authored many books and articles on the game and appeared as an extra in the movie “The Joker” and on TV in “The Deuce”.

Frank was an English Professor at Morgan State University, Nova University, and most recently was head of the English Department at Elite Prep Academy here in Somerset.

He is remembered by all who had him as a teacher for his affable demeanor and vast knowledge of all things poetry and film.

The local students, headed by Lilliann, came together to create a makeshift shrine to his memory (see below) in the break room for all to see and be touched by his kindred spirit.

Chinese students studying abroad and the school administration pulled together a substantial monetary gift to the bereaved family. Teachers at the academy sent a carefully chosen fruit basket which was recently hand delivered (see below) by his closest colleague at school, Mr. Eddie Naseem.

A recent graduate, Cody, provided a sketch of his favorite teacher (see below) who helped him write the application essay that got him into Penn State just this year.

Let all who knew his name
And from him their lessons learned
Carry on with them his legacy
The passion he sparked: always burn

For in our hearts his name we store
And loved this teacher forever more.
Let the sound cry out from hill to shore:
Dr, Frank Casale on wings now soars!