ARMSTRONG, PhD, Frank C.
June 2, 1913 - October 8, 2011
Frank's last days were lived as he lived the rest of his life, charming the people around him. In his later years, he was assisted by the loving care of his health care providers. There was a very special bond between Frank and his caregivers.
Frank was born in New York City to Frank C. and Catharine Armstrong. He, his sister and his brother had a joyful youth spending their summers enjoying the lakes in upper New York State. After private schools in the city, he went on to Yale where he graduated in 1936. He worked as a mining engineer for seven years and then joined the U.S. Geological Society in 1934, where he worked until his retirement in 1988. He went on to get his Master's Degree from the University of Washington
in 1948 and his Doctorate Degree from Stanford in 1963, both in the field of Geology. During his career, he became one of the most qualified people in the world on fissionable minerals. He was Deputy Director for Uranium and Thorium. He visited all the principle deposits in Canada, France, Yugoslavia, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa. After retirement, he taught at Fort Wright College and Washington State Community College.
He survived his wife, Jean, to whom he was married for 62 years. Predeceasing him were his sister, Mary, and brother, John. He will be missed by his daughter, Dorothy; son, Rourke; his nephews, Frank Armstrong, Patrick Armstrong, Richard Armstrong and George Beck. He has two grandchildren, Charles and Brian, and two great-grand- children, Trinedy and Ally.
Services will be held on Monday, November 7, 2011, 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar in Spokane. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Montana State University.
Arrangements entrusted to Hazen & Jaeger Funeral Home, 1306 N. Monroe St.