FVRL Foundation Receives Frink Foundation Donation

Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $30,340 distribution from the David & Helen Frink Foundation.  The gift will be used by the Foundation to support reading and learning programs at FVRLibraries.

“We are deeply honored to receive this thoughtful and generous donation. David and Helen were longtime patrons of the library. They loved the idea that the library made so many books available to everyone and they were free to borrow,” noted Rick Smithrud, executive director of Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation.

David Frink established the David & Helen Frink Foundation shortly before his passing in November of 2018 at the age of 104.

David was a longtime resident of Vancouver who started working at the Vancouver Post Office in 1942. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served until 1946. David was among the first American troops to land in Japan in 1945 and was a first-hand observer of the devastation of Nagasaki. After his military service ended, David returned to work at the Vancouver Post Office and over the years served in a number of positions. He retired in 1972 as the Assistant Supervisor after completing 30 years of service.

Helen was David’s high school sweetheart and the love of his life. They married in 1939 and stayed that way for 64 years. Helen passed away in 2002.

David always said that his passion was reading and noted that he would walk to the Vancouver Community Library almost daily. It was reported that he never went home empty-handed. In 2013, David needed to move to The Ashley Inn, a senior care facility. He quickly adjusted to his new situation by having the Inn's shuttle take him to and from the library.

The David & Helen Frink Foundation has been set up as an endowment and will continue making annual distributions to FVRL Foundation in perpetuity.