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Frank Little

Frank Little was born to Frank and Miriam Little in 1925 at home in Baltimore, Md., and died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in San Luis Obispo. He was fortunate to have experienced a loving family relationship as he grew up. A good student, he was selected to attend Baltimore Polytechnic High School, a school whose concentration was math and science. He earned a four-year scholarship to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he joined the ROTC program. The U.S. Navy offered its V-12 Officer Training, which Frank accepted, and continued his education at Purdue and the University of Michigan. Frank was commissioned in 1945 and deployed to Guam. After his return to the U.S. in October 1946, Frank reentered the U of Michigan to complete his BS in Electrical Engineering. The day after graduation, Frank married Camille Ayo and moved to San Francisco where he was employed with Bechtel, followed by a stint with Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif. Frank and Camille built a home in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where they raised two children, Teryn and Steve. They were married for 25 years. As dad, he joined with the neighborhood kids in the after school "pick up'"games in their driveway. While at Douglas, he completed courses for his master's degree and teaching credential from UCLA. He decided teaching was a more stable profession and taught six years with the Beverly Hills School District, then moved to Santa Monica High School as a math teacher. He later transferred to Santa Monica College, where he taught math and later computer science, for the remainder of his teaching career '? he retired in 1985. In 1974, he met Bette Beck Kulp also a teacher, and in 1977, they married and resided in Topanga Canyon. After they retired, they moved to San Luis Obispo in 1988. Frank was active as a charter member of the SLO RAMS and served as secretary and assistant treasurer. With his longstanding concern for the conservation of nature and interest in all wildlife, particularly birds, he formed early associations with the Audubon Society in Los Angeles, Santa Monica and later with the local Morro Coast group and served on its board for several years. Concurrently, he served with the Friends of the Estuary. As a volunteer, he delivered meals to the elderly in San Luis and provided general information on Tuesdays at the airport. Frank enjoyed traveling and always included binoculars to view the avian population, as birdwatching was his fascination - he gently encouraged Bette to bird with him. They traveled to many countries to see the sights, and of course, the birds. He enjoyed classical music, dancing, fishing, gardening, camping, bridge and puttering in the garage. Frank is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bette Kulp; daughter, Teryn Little of Atascadero; son, Steve (Yvette Ferrari) and grandson Nathaniel of Pismo Beach; and grandson Bryan Little of San Luis Obispo. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, Mar. 28, 2014, at the Unitarian Church, 2201 Lawton, SLO. Donations may be made to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, 1137 Pacific St., Suite A, SLO, CA 93401


Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Mar. 2, 2014
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