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Frank Noonan

Partner & VP of Finance, The Saul Zaentz Company
Frank started his Catholic education at St. Paul’s Elementary School in the Mission District and later attended Sacred Heart High School. He graduated from the University of San Francisco with the help of the G.I. Bill which he received for his service in the U.S. Army.  

He majored in accounting, and his first job out of college was at a small CPA firm where he eventually became a partner.  One of his clients was Fantasy Records. Fantasy had been an independent jazz label, the first to record Dave Brubeck and Lenny Bruce, but they had just signed a local rock and roll group: Creedence Clearwater Revival. They offered Frank a position. In the early 1970’s, they moved to their landmark building in Berkeley at 10th and Parker Streets. The company evolved into a film company called The Saul Zaentz Company which made, among others, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, and The English Patient, all of which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Frank is currently a partner of The Saul Zaentz Company. 

With his four children and 10 grandchildren living in the Bay Area, Frank spends his free time going to “a lot of sporting events,” said Frank. His grandson, Danny, played football at Marin Catholic catching the passes of Jared Goff, a noted Marin County quarterback now at Cal. Frank is also into photography and is very busy organizing the family albums.  He is also taking an art class for the first time; “I thought I would give the right side of my brain a turn,” he said laughing. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, University of San Francisco.