On August 8, 2018, the Johnson County Commission on Aging (COA) selected Frank Cockrell to receive the 2018 Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award which honors individuals, groups, or organizations making outstanding contributions to the quality of life for older adults and their families in Johnson County. It will be presented at the COA meeting on September 12th.
Cockrell, 83, of Overland Park, has been a leader in serving older adults for many years. He worked as a CPA for fifty years (including time with Arthur Anderson and Co, as Chief Financial Officer with Black and Veatch, and with Saint Paul School of Theology) and then began giving back to his community through service to others.
Frank served on the Shepherds Centers of America Board of Trustees to promote and support programs for seniors, worked as a Kansas Long Term Care Ombudsman advocating for the rights of nursing home residents, and has shared his leadership skills with SenCom, the Senior Computer Users Group of Kansas City, and Friends of the Library.
Currently he is president of the Funeral Consumer Alliance of Greater Kansas City which provides a wide-spectrum of funeral information and choices for families in the area. As a member of Leawood’s Church of the Resurrection, he will participate in an upcoming October volunteer mission trip to Malawi in Africa to share his expertise in economic empowerment.
Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Marilyn Randa says “Frank has carried himself with dignity, always thinking of others…I am honored and proud to say he is my new-found friend and colleague.” Steve Nicely, Secretary for the Funeral Consumers Alliance says “You may not know that Frank Cockrell has business cards. Along with his contact information is his job title, stated simply and clearly: Volunteer. The guy simply has a passion for helping people, especially seniors, in their times of need. I can’t imagine that you will find someone more qualified or deserving than Frank for the Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award.”
Clearly, the Commission on Aging echoes those sentiments. See Leadership in Aging Award for past recipients.