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Richard N. Frank, a Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame member and honorary member of the Tournament of Roses, passed away on May 20 at his home in Pasadena. The chairman emeritus of Lawry’s restaurants was 92.

Frank was the founder of the longest running pre-bowl game tradition in college football known as the "Lawry's Beef Bowl." He was a great friend and supporter of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Lawry's The Prime Rib of Beverly Hills hosts each participating Rose Bowl team at their own private "Beef Bowl” event a few days before the Rose Bowl Game.

A native of Pasadena, Frank's connection to the Rose Bowl Game and the Tournament of Roses Parade goes back to 1931 when he attended his first Rose Bowl Game with his father, Lawrence Frank. One of the elder Frank's primary businesses, Van de Kamp's Holland Dutch Bakers sponsored floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade until World War II began. It was this early connection to the Rose Bowl Game and the Rose Parade that prompted Frank to affiliate his family business with the Tournament of Roses Association.

Lawry's the Prime Rib in Beverly Hills commenced its relationship with the Rose Bowl Game, the Big Ten Conference, and the Pacific Coast Conference (now Pac-12 Conference) prior to the 1957 Rose Bowl Game.

Frank was inducted into the Rose Bowl Game Hall of Fame in 2005. He is one of the few inductees that was not a player or coach participant, however, his involvement and strong support of the game has been extremely impactful to the history of the “Granddaddy of them all®”.

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