1988 Horatio Alger Award Winner
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Frank Resnik was born in 1928 in Pleasant Unity, Pennsylvania, in a home where little English was spoken. His father, a Yugoslavian immigrant, worked in the coal mines. Resnik began working at the age of 13. He did farm chores after school and worked in the mills. Although he studied to be an electrician, there were no jobs available in the field when he graduated from high school. He joined the Army and became an instructor and first field sergeant. He later went to college on the GI Bill. He attended St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, where he received a small football scholarship. In 1952, he graduated with a degree in chemistry, and began working as a chemist with Philip Morris, U.S.A., in Richmond, Virginia. In 1980, he was named executive vice president of the Tobacco Technology Group, which developed manufacturing facilities around the world. In 1984, he was named president and CEO of Philip Morris. He became chairman in 1989 and fully retired in 1991.* Deceased