KEENE - Frank W. Barndollar, 87, died July 11, 2011, at Langdon Place of Keene.
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He had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past several years.
He was born and raised in Manchester to Paul and Eva Barndollar.
He was a longtime newsman and former managing editor of The Sentinel in Keene.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he attained the rank of corporal with the 12th Armored Division, also known as the "Mystery Division" responsible for liberating 10 concentration camps.
He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, earning four varsity letters in track. He also did graduate work at the university. He began his newspaper career while still a college student, serving as the college correspondent for the Union Leader and The Sunday News, where he mostly covered sports. After graduation, he moved to Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover as sports editor. Three years later, he became sports editor for the Wilmington (N.C.) Morning Star, where he covered sporting events for the Big Four of the Atlantic Coast Conference (Duke, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest), semi-pro baseball, the Azalea Open, the Orange Bowl and the ascent of Wake Forest student Arnold Palmer as he began his pro golf career.
In 1959, he was hired as a general news editor at the Keene Evening Sentinel, and two years later became managing editor, a position he held until 1982, when he became responsible for developing the newspaper's Observer magazine and oversaw the 14 special interest publications published by The Sentinel. He contributed a weekly column to the Observer until 2005, and often wrote feature stories for publication. He was proud of his selection for two years as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize for political cartoons. In retirement, he was the editor of The Hellcat News, a newsletter for the 12th Armored Division Association. He was a unit representative for the association and served on the executive board for several years. In 2002, he was named "Mr. Hellcat" and he received the Hellcat medal of honor for exceptional services to the association. He was named editor emeritus of the newsletter in 2006.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Rita Kelly Barndollar, in 2005, and by his daughter Heidi Jo Barndollar in 2000.
Family members include daughters, Linda Barndollar and Sherry Barndollar Rock and her husband, Anthony Rock; son Steven Barndollar and his wife Lynne Juster; and four grandchildren: Katie and David Rock and Hadley and Justine Barndollar.
SERVICES: A celebration of life will be Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Stonewall Farm, 243 Chesterfield Road, Keene. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice at HCS, P.O. Box 564, Keene 03431 or
, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford 03110.
The Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St., Keene, is assisting the family with arrangments. For more information visit foleyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on July 12, 2011