Preston - Frank Arthur Wadsworth died peacefully on Jan. 15, 2013, at home in Preston, after an extended illness.
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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.
He is 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 five 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 lifelong 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 AttachÃ©, 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, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and personnel officer, U.S. Submarine Base, Groton, he was assigned as Commander Mine Squadron 11. 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 VFW. 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 Hospice Southeastern Connecticut 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 06365.
Published in The Day on Jan. 21, 2013