Frank Haddock, 75, of Arlington, Va., passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, Md. He had a genetic gene that caused myeloma of the blood that affected the kidney.
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Born in Avoca on Jan. 13, 1938, he was the son of the late Stanley (Goose) Haddock and Helen Kornish Haddock.
He was married to Rosemary Hannon Haddock on June 3, 1961, in St. Mary's Church, Avoca. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Frank Jr., and adopted daughter, Lisa Ann; grandchildren, Megan, Michelle and Mathew; and brother, Stanley.
He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Melissa; and sister, Dolores Haddock Coffee.
He was educated in the Avoca No. 1 School and received the American Legion Award as the outstanding male student. He graduated in 1955 from Scranton Central High School. He started college at the Engineering School of New York University (NYU). He transferred to the University of Scranton and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics/mathematics. He received a Master of Science degree from the American University in Operations Research/R&D Management. He attended Adelphia University, Garden City, N.Y., and George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He completed more than 900 credit hours in U.S. tax regulations and became an enroll agent licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
He was raised in Avoca and was prepared for his adult life in various ways. Besides his education, he was employed as salesman with Eugene Jacobs, Scranton, a construction worker on the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, on spring vacation as a trash worker for Avoca Borough, material handler for Revlon Cosmetics, Passaic, N.J., and an office clerk for HAIRE Trade Publications in New York City. He was a fountain clerk in his father's Swing Shop (this was the 1950s Avoca's teenage meeting place).
After college he was research engineer for North American Aviation, Los Angeles, where he worked on semiconductors for the Minuteman missile systems. Retuning to the East, worked as a geodesist for the Army Map Service, Washington, D.C., in the development of strategic maps. He returned to North American Aviation, Columbus, Ohio, as an aerospace engineer, working effective aspects of Navy aircraft and systems. Due to funding limitations, he accepted a research engineering position with Grumman Aircraft Corp., Bethpage, N.Y., and was involved in the F-111 aircraft. Later he was assigned to the Lunar Module (LEM) projects. He worked on the crew safety requirements and calculated the probability that crew members (astronauts) would return to earth. He moved back to Washington, D.C., accepted a position as a mathematician with the Geodesy, Mapping, Intelligence R&D Agency in the development of space intelligence data. He transfered to the Naval Ship System Command to become involved in the system effectiveness of naval ships and its systems.
At the Naval Electronic System Command, he was a system effectiveness manager on various communications and navigations systems (OMEGA), Trident Communication Room, shipboard anti-missiles requirements, and other shipboard electronics. For the Naval Space and Warfare Systems Command, he was the naval product assurance manager during the development of the Global Positioning System (GPS). He was responsible for assurance of reliability, maintainability, safety, human factor, and quality requirements for GPS for the Navy. On the other programs he was the primary system effective manager for the Command.
Transferring to the Air Force System Command at Andrews Air Force Base as a system program manager, he was responsible in the development of system effectiveness procedures to be used within the Air Force. He became an educator when he became the program manager for the Air Force Intern Program. He was responsible for all training aspect of Air Force and NASA employees assigned to this program. He introduced this program as part of the regular courses at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.
Upon retiring from the Air Force, he received a Letter of Commendation for his outstanding efforts in the performance of his duties from President George H. Bush.
After retirement, he became a part-time teacher for the Fairfax, Va., school system. After taking a tax course, he took a position with H&R Block doing tax returns. He became an enroll agent and was licensed to practice and represent taxpayers before the IRS. Prior to retirement, he was owner with his wife of the Fairlington Knitting Basket, a shop for knitting, crewel and needlepoint. Frank was the instructor for crewel and needlepoint. He was the founder of Rim Consulting, a consulting firm in reliability and maintainability engineering which later became a consulting tax regulation service.
He was a member of many organizations and volunteered at many of their functions. He served as an officer on the Board of Directors Offices, volunteer disc jockey, etc. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Arlington, Va.; Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aeries Scranton; Fraternal Order of Elks, Fairfax, Va.; American Legion, Arlington; Scranton Central Alumni Association, Scranton; Fort Myer Officer Club, Fort Myer, Va.; The American University Eagles Club, Washington; West Side Social Club, Avoca; Knights of Columbus, Arlington, Va,; National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents.
Frank was very interested in trains. His favorite was the Laurel Line and the Lackawanna. He was the last Central High School student to commute to school when the Laurel Line shut down. He was a member of the Lackawanna-Wyoming Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, Lionel Collector Club, American and National Railroad Passenger Association.
He was a sports fan and rooted for the Phillies, The 76ers, and the Eagles. He was a season ticket holder for more than 30 years to the Eagles. He also was a season ticket holder from day one of the Baltimore Ravens. He and his son, Frank Jr., attended more than 400 NFL games. On one occasion they were in Philidelphia at 1 p.m. for Eli and Peyton at 8:30 p.m. in Baltimore. They are probably the only ones to see both in two different cities on the same day.
Frank was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Alexandria, Va.; and Fort Myer Catholic Community, Fort Myer, Va.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Queen of the Apostles Church, Hawthorne Street, Avoca, with the Rev. Daniel J. Yenkevich officiating. Family and friends are asked to go directly to Queen of the Apostles Church for Mass; there will be no procession from funeral home.
Interment will be held at Ss. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Avoca.
Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.
"Happy Trails to You until we meet again."
Online condolences may be made at www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, 2013