Honoring Mike Frame

Michael Frame, 67 Updated: Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:47 pm

Michael Warren Frame, age 67, of Northfield and Pokhara, Nepal, died on Friday, May 23, 2008, after a seven-year battle with Multiple Myeloma.

Mike was born on Oct. 28, 1940, in Northfield, to William Gibson Frame and Minnie Errington Frame. He graduated from Northfield High School and Carleton College and did post-graduate work in agricultural economics at the University of Minnesota. From 1962­1969 he served two terms as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked for U.S. AID in agriculture in Nepal. For the next nine years he farmed at Bubbling Springs Farm near Menomonie, Wis., and did Peace Corps training. His love for Nepal brought him back as an associate Peace Corps director for Rural Development from 1980­1985.

In 1988, Mike opened the world-famous restaurant, Mike¹s Breakfast, in Kathmandu, Nepal, where it has been popular with locals and tourists for the past 20 years. In 1997 he opened Hotel Fewa and Mike¹s Restaurant in Pokhara which has become a destination for trekkers and travelers. Mike received the Distinguished Achievement Award from Carleton College in 2007 for his work in Nepal. He was a cook, gardener, farmer, builder and author of ²Mike¹s Breakfast: Cooking in Nepal and Then Some.² Through his generosity and outreach he has influenced and changed the lives of numerous people. We will miss his rare sense of humor.

Mike is survived by his sister, Mary Ellen Frame of Northfield; brothers, William E. (Sandy) Frame of Pine Island, Minn., and David M. (Claire) Frame of Albert Lea, Minn.; five nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, 2008, at the United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. In Nepal, there will be a Bhuddist Puja all day Wednesday, May 28, and a memorial gathering on Saturday, May 31, at Mike¹s Breakfast in Kathmandu.

Funeral arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home.