Windsor, Calif. - Francis H. Hoagland, 90, formerly of Waterford, Ledyard and Spring Hill, Fla., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Chancellor Place, an assisted living facility in Windsor.
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"Hoagie" as he was known to his family and friends, was predeceased by his wife of nearly 65 years, Patricia C. Hoagland; and a sister, Catherine H. Curtain. He is survived by his three children and their companions or spouses, Frank H. Hoagland III of East Lyme, Michael T. Hoagland of Norwich and Kristin A. Erickson of Windsor, Calif. He will forever be remembered by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
After graduating from Bulkeley School, Hoagie enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as a radio operator in The Southwest Pacific during World War II. He was awarded The Bronze Star for directing a surprise air strike from the ground against enemy troops. He later re-entered the service and served as a commissioned officer during the Korean War. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Lt. Colonel in October 1983.
An accomplished musician who taught music and had the opportunity to perform with some of the big swing bands of the time, he elected to form Fran Hoagland's Orchestra.
He entertained local audiences with his Selmer Paris trumpet for 50 years.
Hoagie was a graduate of the University of Connecticut and attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He was awarded a fellowship to do graduate work at Yale University.
Hoagie taught English for 30 years and was an inspiration to many students during his career. He retired from New London High School in 1984.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Flanders Baptist Community Church, 138 Boston Post Road, East Lyme.
Published in The Day on Feb. 16, 2014