Frank Field, a voice that guided us through weather and life. Your profound dedication to the science of meteorology and public health touched countless lives. Your legacy, like the weather you loved, will be felt by many for generations to come.
Frank Field, an eminent American television personality and meteorologist, passed away recently at the age of 100. He spent five decades on television in New York City, reporting not only on the weather but also on science and health topics. He was instrumental in publicizing the Heimlich Maneuver to aid food-choking victims and held the Seal of Approval of the American Meteorological Society.
Field was born Franklyn Feld on March 30, 1923, of Ashkenazi Jewish origin. After his parents immigrated to America in 1909, he adopted the last name Field. His extended family members who remained in Europe were victims of the Holocaust. He served as an 8th Air Force first lieutenant and meteorologist during World War II's European Theatre of Operations after receiving his meteorology training at MIT and Brown Universities. He earned a B.A. in geology from Brooklyn College, a B.S. in optometry from Columbia University, and an O.D. from the Massachusetts College of Optometry.
In 1958, Field began his career at WRCA-TV (later renamed WNBC-TV), where he worked for over 25 years. He later moved to WCBS-TV, staying there for 11 years before spending two years at WNYW-TV, eventually concluding his career as a weather forecaster at WWOR-TV. Field was also recognized for his science reports on innovative medical treatments and technologies. He hosted a nationally syndicated health program from WNBC called Health Field in the 1970s and 80s, and a health news program on WLNY for the North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System called Medical Update. Additionally, he served as a professor in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Preventive and Environmental Medicine Department.