Dr. Frank Robert (Bob) Ginsberg died on July 14, 2020, at age 90. Bob was born in Atlanta to Perry and Rose Swerdlin Ginsberg.
He was a proud member of the last graduating class of Boys High School in 1947. During his high school years, Bob was an active member in the band, orchestra and the military. Bob was also captain of the chess team and photographer for the school newspaper and yearbook.
Bob co-founded the Alumni Association of Boys High, which is engaged in philanthropic endeavors. The association provides funds for teachers and awards scholarships for deserving students. Bob earned a degree, graduating magna cum laude as a Doctor of Optometry and a Doctor of Ocular Science, scientific section, from the University of Chicago. Bob was a founding member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and rose to serve as president from 1981 to 1982.
Doctor Bob, as his friends referred to him, was especially noted for his pioneering work in visual training. Bob and his loving wife Thelma of 47 years together built a very successful Developmental Optometry practice, eventually located in Buckhead. In addition to his optometric practice, Dr. Bob conducted study groups for area optometrists and lectured on practice management as well as vision development and enhancement. Doctor Bob retired from practice officially in 1992, but he continued with his tireless work ethic in numerous educational and civic organizations.
Bob earned the honor of Eagle Scout. At one time, he was believed the highest-ranking scout in the Atlanta Area Council. He was first commander of the Knights of Dunamis, an honorary eagle scout society and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He enjoyed working as a counselor at Camp Bert Adams and ended up as scoutmaster of Troop 53, sponsored by Ahavath Achim Synagogue.
Bob was especially proud of his long association with the Masonic Fulton Lodge 216, F&AM, starting in 1952. He gave of himself unselfishly to many, many hours of Masonic deeds and the betterment of Masonry. He attained the title of Worshipful Master in 1970. He continued his tireless work as past Master until his recent death. He received the 60-year award from the Grand Lodge of Georgia in 2012.
Bob’s love of the water led him to spend his well-earned leisure time as captain of his many boats including his last boat, “My Fault.” His love of boating led Bob to be an invaluable member of 32 years of United States Power Squadrons. Bob was past district 17 commander and then held the position of National Staff Commander/SN of the USPS, and also taught water safety and navigation for many years.
Bob is survived by his children Penny (Steven) Rosenberg and Samuel Perry Ginsberg; grandchild Benjamin (Jennifer); and great grandchildren Talia and Reece Rosenberg; and devoted, loving friend Renee Feldman. Bob is preceded in death by his loving and beloved wife Thelma; father Perry; mother Rose; and sister Elinor Wasser.
Due to the COVID virus, a private family funeral was held July 16 at Greenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
- Dr. Frank Robert Ginsberg
- Boys’ High School
- Alumni Association of Boys High
- University of Chicago
- College of Optometrists in Vision Development
- Developmental Optometry
- Eagle Scout
- Ahavath Achim Synagogue
- Knights of Dunamis
- Order of the Arrow
- Masonic Fulton Lodge
- Grand Lodge of Georgia