Francis Frank Maginnis

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Francis "Frank" Maginnis

September 06, 1925 - July 07, 2018

Francis Frank Maginnis Francis "Frank" Maginnis, former owner of Research Instrument Company and Aspen Research Inc., died July 7, 2018 in Arlington TX. He was born in Ithaca, New York, on September 6, 1925 to Ernest and Miriam Maginnis. Several years later they moved to Oklahoma where he attend elementary school and Military Academy.

In the early fifties, Frank was employed by the University of Oklahoma Physics Department in the machine shop where he designed and built experiments. In 1955, he received a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He left the Physics Department December of 1958 and started his own company called Research Instrument Company on northwest 24th Street Norman, Oklahoma. There, he worked developing new products for various corporations and filed numerous patents. In 1966, he started a new way of making ceramic pump plungers for the oil and gas industries. Sales grew at a remarkable rate 70-80% per year over the next 8 years until he finally sold the company to Coors Ceramic Corp (of the Coors Beer Company) in 1974.

About this time, he started Aspen Research Inc. to make ceramic ball valves for the chemical industry. He sold the ceramic ball valve manufacturing to Coors with pump plunger business, but kept Aspen Research Inc. He then worked on developing products for the chemical and glass industries using processes such as Chemical Vaper Deposition and High Velocity Flame Spray for applying Tantalum and Titanium Carbide composites and alloys with composites.

Frank was an avid chess player, attaining the rank of 1800 which is top-tier amateur level. When he wasn't tinkering in his machine shop in Moore, he enjoyed spending time with his grandsons Scott and Kevin.

From 2000 on, he spent his remaining years in New Mexico, California, and Texas living with, or near, friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his mother Miriam, 1990; father Ernest, 1968; sister Catherine Spink Alexander, 2013; and sister Ann Maginnis Seidman, 2017. He is survived by his two sons David Maginnis (Janet) and William "Bill" Maginnis and grandsons Scott and Kevin Maginnis. Also, sisters and brothers Jane Bloom, Charlotte Mary Palmer, Patricia Maginnis, Michael Maginnis, and Paul (Linda) Maginnis and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Frank's life will take place at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, Texas, on August 11, 2018 at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Frank Maginnis' name to University of Oklahoma Foundation, Department of Physics and Astronomy, PO Box 258856, Oklahoma City, OK 73125-8856.
Published on July 31, 2018
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