Alumni News

October 19, 2019 at 5:44 pm

Notable Alumni | Frank Lavelle, When Law Meets The Fearless Starlight Band

By Regina Yoong

Graphic for College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Award

Editor’s Note: The College of Arts & Sciences Notable Alumni Awards honor alumni for broad career accomplishments, commitment to community service, and valuable contributions to Ohio University and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Frank Lavelle ’77 Government

In more than 30 years practicing law in southeastern Ohio, Frank Lavelle has represented numerous villages, municipalities and regional water and sewer districts throughout Southern Ohio.

“Against great odds, we were able to help with organizing, finding the funding and construction of the Waste Water Treatment Collection System for the villages of Glouster, Trimble and Jacksonville – something many others had tried, without success, for almost 60 years,” he notes.

Lavelle and his wife, Jean.

Lavelle and his wife, Jean.

As former Law Director for Nelsonville, Lavelle successfully obtained the Annexation of Hocking College to be included within the Nelsonville corporation limits.

Lavelle earned a B.A. in Government (now Political Science) from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. He earned a law degree from Capital University. His Lavelle Law Offices are located in Athens, Ohio.

But music takes up a big slice of his life.

The Fearless Starlight Band—70 Songs Later

Besides his prominent legal work, Lavelle is the lead singer of The Fearless Starlight Band.

“The Fearless Starlight Band is the ‘brainchild’ of Athens, Ohio, attorney Frank Lavelle, who is living proof that you can grow to be any age and still be a musician,” says the band’s media kit.

Fearless Starlight photo shoot in winter

Fearless Starlight photo shoot

“Ohio University has a great Music Productions Recording Industry Program (MPRl). I have been most fortunate to become associated with a great pool of talented young Musicians, Faculty, Recent Graduates, etc. in helping pursue that Project,” he says. “I began working with students in the MPRI program in the School of Media Arts, College of Communications, in 2015 – 2016. We have since created almost 70 original songs.”

Their latest Album “Face The Music” has 12 new songs and will be out soon. See the band’s Facebook page.

Frank Lavelle and the Fearless Starlight Band

Frank Lavelle and the Fearless Starlight Band

OHIO Memories

Lavelle reminisces about the good friends he made and about the superior quarter system.

“The 1970s were a great time at Ohio University on the Athens Campus! I made a lot of good friends who remain lifelong friends to this date,” he says. “One of the best ‘memories’ was that tuition was only approximately $350 — And in my opinion, the quarter system seemed to work much better, as it allowed for more class options, shorter exam schedules, etc.”

Lavelle with Band performing in Nashville

Lavelle with Band performing in Nashville

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