Frank J. Judge

July 17, 1946February 19, 2021

Frank J. Judge, age 74, of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on February 19, 2021 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira.

Frank was born July 17, 1946 in Albany, New York to John and Clara Ambrosi Judge. He graduated from Aquinas Institute of Rochester and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Brockport. Frank was a poet, publisher, translator, journalist, film critic, teacher and arts administrator. He spent over a year in Rome on a Fulbright Scholarship, during which time, and for several years after his return, he was a contributor and editor of The Vanderbilt Poetry Review. He compiled and edited material for an anthology of contemporary Italian poetry published as a special edition of the Review. As a journalist, he was an editor and writer on arts, entertainment, consumer affairs and consumer electronics. He had written on film for over 40 years, starting during his stay in Rome where he wrote film reviews for the Rome Daily American. He also wrote reviews and entertainment-related articles for the Rochester Times-Union and the Wolfe newspaper chain, then became managing editor the arts newspaper, Rochester Routes. He had interviewed a host of authors, actors, directors and other celebrities. His poetry has been anthologized in several publications and his books include Two Voices and Approximations. Since 2003, he had been president of Rochester Poets and the host of its monthly reading series. From 2004 to 2011, he was the Rochester area organizer for Poets Against the War & Occupation. In 2004, he was one of the founding members of the Rochester Area Haiku Group.

Frank is survived by his loving companion, Rikki Marcin; several cousins, best friends Mike and Sue Bierley and numerous other friends across the United States and abroad.

Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute Development Office, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E. River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 25th, from 5-7 p.m. at Alvah Halloran & Son Funeral Home, 2125 Chili Ave., Rochester. A Funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, February 26th, at St. Monica Church, 831 Genesee St. (at the corner of Monica St.), Rochester, NY 14611.


  • Calling Hours

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Mark Pulli

February 25, 2021

So Sorry to hear of Frank's passing. We spent many hours at SUNY Brockport sharing each other's writings in work shops and classes.
My Condolences to friends and family.

Charlotte Dickens

February 25, 2021

We met Frank through the activities of the Watkins Glen Writers Group Reading Series. He was a frequent attendee at our series and one of our featured readers as well as being the host for the Rochester Poets Reading Series and president of the Rochester Poets. He contributed so much to the poetry scene in the area as well as being a wonderful poet himself. He will be sorely missed. Charlotte and Dudley

Margie Campaigne

February 24, 2021

Frank was a great host for the monthly poetry readings. I enjoyed when he was able to come to some of my parties and picnics. His sudden passing was a shock.

Bernard Quetchenbach

February 24, 2021

I first met Frank at Brockport when I was a student. When I met him again in, I think, 2011, he had become one of the leading figures of the Rochester arts scene. His contributions to my hometown will not soon be forgotten.