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Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.

Birthdate: (89)
Death: February 18, 2001 (89)
Immediate Family:

Son of Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Sr. (central figure of "Cheaper by the Dozen") and Lillian Moller Gilbreth
Husband of Elizabeth Cauthen and Mary Pringle Manigault
Father of <private> Gilbreth; <private> Gilbreth and <private> Gilbreth
Brother of Ernestine Gilbreth Carey; Anne M. Barney; Mary Elizabeth Gilbreth; Martha B. Tallman; William Gilbreth and 7 others

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About Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.,_Jr.

Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr. (March 17, 1911 – February 18, 2001) was co-author, with his sister Ernestine, of Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes. Under his own name, he wrote Time Out for Happiness and Ancestors of the Dozen.


He was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, the 5th child (and first boy) of the 12 children born to efficiency experts Frank Gilbreth, Sr. and Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and grew up in the family home in Montclair, New Jersey. Cheaper by the Dozen, which was made into two successful films, was largely autobiographical. He also wrote about fatherhood, in the post-World War II "baby boom", and about family members.

During World War II, he served as a naval officer in the South Pacific, participated in three invasions in the Admiralty Islands and the Philippines, and was decorated with two air medals and a bronze star. In 1947, he returned to The Post and Courier as an editorial writer and columnist.

In his later years, he relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, where he went on to be a journalist, author and newspaper executive. Under nom de plume Ashley Cooper, he wrote a long-running column, "Doing the Charleston," for the Charleston paper The Post and Courier; it ran until 1993.

Gilbreth was married twice, to Elizabeth Cauthen (until her death in 1954) and then (1955–2001) to Mary Pringle Manigault. He had three children, one from his first marriage (Elizabeth G. Cantler, being retired as a features editor of The Post and Courier) and two from his second marriage (Dr. Edward M. Gilbreth and Rebecca G. Herres). He died in 2001, aged 89, in Charleston, South Carolina, where he had lived for the preceding half century.


Cheaper by the Dozen, with Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 1948, ISBN 0-06-008460-X
I'm a Lucky Guy, 1951
Belles on Their Toes, with Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, 1952 ISBN 0-55-325605-X
Held's Angels, with John Held (illustrator), 1952
Innside Nantucket, 1954
Time Out for Happiness, 1971, ISBN 0-69-082517-X
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Frank Bunker Gilbreth, Jr.'s Timeline

March 17, 1911
February 18, 2001
Age 89