Frank Lovell

Frank Lovell, 84, of East Village, N.Y., died Friday, May 1, 1998, at his home.

He was born in rural Ipava, a son of Fred and Mayme Lovell. His wife, Sarah, died in 1994. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ed Lovell.

Surviving are one daughter, Joan Lovell of Detroit; and a special friend, Miriam Braverman.

He graducated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He became a follower of Leon Trotsky in San Francisco in 1935 after a wrenching general strike in that city. He was a founding member of the Socialist Workers Party, the American affiliate of Trotsky’s small Fourth International. He worked as a merchant seaman, joining the Sailors Union of the Pacific and serving thru the war years. He also wrote a critical book about the maritime industry and the union, titled “Maritime!” He worked for General Motors in Detroit after the war and was active in the United Auto Workers. He helped build and lead a branch of the Socialist Workers Party and served for many years on the party’s national committee. He was the party’s trade-union director. He was a former labor editor of The Militant, the newsweekly of the Socialist Workers Party. He most recently was an editor and contributor to The Bulletin in Defense of Marxism, a small bimonthly subscription publication.

 

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 9/30/1998

 

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