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Frank Chaboudy


1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Frank Chaboudy Obituary
Chaboudy, Frank 01/05/1924 ~ 04/18/2014 CHULA VISTA-- Frank Chaboudy was born January 5th, 1924, on a cold blustery day in Akron, Ohio. Often sickly as a youth, due to rheumatic fever, his family was advised to move to a warmer climate. And so in 1939 the Chaboudys relocated to Chula Vista. Frank attended Sweetwater High School until June 1941, when at age 17, he joined the Marine Corps. He completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, after which he attended communication school, where he qualified as a linesman/switchboard operator. He was assigned to the Second Marine Division at Camp Elliott. When war was declared he was transferred to the newly-formed Third Division, and became one of the first Marines assigned to Camp Pendleton. He was privileged to see President Franklin D. Roosevelt when he reviewed Camp Pendleton in 1942. During World War II Frank served 30 months of overseas duty, where he participated in the invasion of Bougainville, the Northern Solomon Islands, the liberation of Guam, and the battle of Iwo Jima. After serving his patriotic duty, Frank returned to Chula Vista to complete his high school education. In 1946 he enrolled at San Diego State College, where he majored in elementary education. He subsequently earned a Master's Degree in addition to pursuing doctoral studies, but he stopped short of a thesis. In 1950 Frank was hired by the San Diego Unified School District as an elementary school teacher. He later became a vice principal and eventually a principal. He was the founding principal at Riley and Fulton elementary schools, and served as principal at Field, Marshall, Bay View Terrace, Carver and Marvin elementary schools. Frank retired from SDUSD in 1984. Frank developed an interest in tennis when his daughter Anna began playing the game at age 11. Following retirement from public education, he earned certification in the United States Professional Tennis Association, and began a second career as a tennis teaching pro. He served as the tennis pro for the City of Chula Vista, managing the Chula Vista Tennis Center on the campus of Southwestern College until 2001. He instructed tennis classes part-time at Southwestern until he was 85 years old. As an advocate of tennis, one of Frank's long-time goals was for the City of Chula Vista to develop a first-class tennis facility with multiple courts for recreational and tournament play, a goal he sought to accomplish for almost half a century, but has never come to fruition. Frank was proud to be a founding member of The Naughty Netters, a group of tennis friends who have played and socialized for more than 35 years. Frank is survived by Bente (nee Christensen), his wife of almost 66 years, and two daughters, Anna and Susan (both schoolteachers), three grandchildren (Allison, John and Sarah), and three great-grandchildren (Sam, Amaya and Julie). To say that Frank will be missed by all who knew him is an understatement. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Command Museum at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, of which Frank was a charter member (P.O. Box 400085, Bldg. 26 San Diego, CA 92140). A memorial service will be held during the month of June. To be informed of the date, time and place, leave your contact information on the Guest Book page.
Published in U-T San Diego on Apr. 27, 2014
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