FRACHTENBERG, Leo Joachim. Czernowitz (now in Ukraina) 24.2.1883 — Waterloo, Iowa 26.11.1930. U.S. (Austrian born) Linguist and Anthropologist. Son of Abraham Fr. and Jeanette Rottenstreich. Gymnasium in Przemysl (now Poland), in 1904 immigrated to the U.S.A. Studies at Cornell, then Columbia University (M.A. 1906, Ph.D. 1910). He was student of Franz Boas, but apparently also of Jackson. In 1910-12 lectured anthropology at Columbia, then Ethnologist at Bureau of American Ethnology, worked in Salem, Oregon until 1917. Because his Austrian background he was fired from the Bureau, but accepted in the army and rose into Lieutenant Colonel. From 1920 General Secretary of Young Men’s Hebrew Association in Troy NY. Died of pneumonia when only 47. Did fieldwork on Amerindian languages.
Publications: diss. on Coosan languages of coastal Oregon. MS. 1910.
– “Etymologian studies in Ormazdian and Ahrimanian words in Avestan”, Spiegel Mem. Vol. Bombay 1908, 269-289.
– wrote on Amerindian languages.