The youngest of three children, Kenneth Franzheim II was born in New York City, NY on Sept 12, 1925, the son of Kenneth Franzheim, one of Houston's most renowned architects, and Elizabeth Simms Franzheim. After graduating from St. Paul's School in 1943, Kenneth served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945, and graduated from Yale University in 1948. During a successful 50 year career in the oil and gas industry, he was appointed by President Nixon as Ambassador to New Zealand, Western Samoa, Fiji, and Kingdom of Tonga from 1969 to 1972. A dedicated philanthropist, he established endowments to the University of Houston for the preservation of their rare book collection, a professorship and a fund to purchase texts in languages, literature, the arts and general humanities. He died October 29, 2007 and buried in the family plot in Glenwood Cemetery.