1933 - 2014
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Frank J. Mandriota (1933-2014)
Frank Joseph Mandriota of Bayport New York passed away on July 2, 2014 after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.
Frank was born on March 22, 1933 in Astoria, Queens, New York to Josephine and Vito Mandriota. When Frank was 19 years old he joined the Air Force and eventually transferred to Harlingen AFB in Texas where he spent three years flying and training navigators. It was while stationed in Harlingen that Frank met his beautiful wife JoAnn who was his nurse when he was briefly hospitalized following a motorcycle accident. Shortly after their marriage in 1956 Frank enrolled at the University of Chicago where he pursued a BS in Psychology and then moved his growing family to New Jersey where in 1961 he received his PhD from Princeton University. Frank went on to teach experimental psychology at City College and then Hunter College in New York and was a professor until starting his own publishing company in 1972.
Although Frank embarked on a career in teaching and psychology, he never lost his love of flying and owned his own airplane for many years, spending countless hours enjoying flying adventures with his family. He was notorious for his jokes and storytelling and enjoyed life to its fullest. Frank maintained friendships from his childhood in New York until his death, most notably with his best friend Herb, who was a great influence in his early life.
Frank is survived by two daughters, Donna Mandriota of Gloucester MA, and Valerie Dotson and her husband Joseph of Londonderry NH, two sons, Joseph Mandriota of Bayport NY and Anthony Mandriota and his wife Julianne of Hendersonville TN, five grandchildren, Valerie and her husband Aaron, Stefani and her husband Jon, Tony, Daniel and Allison as well as two beloved great-grandchildren, Seren and Luka. He was predeceased by his wife JoAnn in March of 2014.
Contributions in Frank's memory may be made to the
Published on NYTimes.com from July 8 to July 9, 2014