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Frank Arthur Wadsworth

Frank Arthur Wadsworth April 7, 1922 - January 15, 2013 Preston - Frank Arthur Wadsworth died peacefully on January 15, 2013 at home in Preston after an extended illness. He was born April 7, 1922 in Rochester, N.Y., the third son of Frank Lanning and Bernetta Kipp Wadsworth. He was predeceased by two older brothers, Robert and James, and survived by a younger brother, Roger, of Dresden, N.Y. He is also survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Rogers Wadsworth; his children Mary (Harold) Boretz, John (Cheryl) Wadsworth, Gerald (Amy Burman) Wadsworth, and Elizabeth (Albert White); his six grandchildren, Jason (Rebeca) Wadsworth, Adam (Parul Sehgal) Boretz, Benjamin (Kelly Francis) Wadsworth, Sarah (Christopher) Karney, and Samuel Wadsworth; three great-grandchildren, Paul, Sophia, and Peter Wadsworth; and numerous nieces and nephews. Frank was an avid reader and life-long swimmer. His family and friends will cherish memories of his humor, intelligence, and easy-going disposition. Frank, an Eagle Scout, graduated from West High School in 1939. While in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and entered the U.S. Naval Academy in June of 1940. Following graduation with honors in 1943, he was posted to the destroyer James Madison. After graduation from submarine school in August 1945, he was assigned to the USS Remora. He then served for two years as Assistant Naval Attaché, London, England. He returned to the Submarine Force in 1952 as Executive and later Commanding Officer of the USS Dace. Following tours as Intelligence Officer to Commander Submarine Force, US Atlantic Fleet, and Personnel Officer, Submarine Base, Groton, he was assigned as Commander Mine Squadron Eleven. In 1958 he joined the Military Assistance Advisory Group in Saigon, Republic of South Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis he was posted to the Intelligence Section of the Staff of Commander, Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. His last three years of active duty were as Officer-in-Charge of the Instructor Training and Leadership School, at Great Lakes, Ill. While in Chicago, he obtained a Master of Arts Degree from Roosevelt University. He retired from the navy in 1963, and taught science at Norwich Free Academy for 22 years. He was active in the St. James Episcopal Church and the Preston V.F.W. He enjoyed puttering in his basement, building ship models, which are on display at the Slater Museum of Norwich and the Naval Academy Museum. Frank's family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Southeastern Connecticut Hopice, and Vidal Paz and Valerie LaFleur, whose devoted care enabled him to remain at home. Funeral arrangements will be private, at the convenience of his family, who will celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Troop 75, Boy Scouts of America. Preston, CT.


Published in Norwich Bulletin on Jan. 22, 2013
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