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WADSWORTH--Frank. 1919-2012. Scholar, educator, author, and sportsman, Frank Wadsworth, died peacefully on August 9th, 2012 at the age of 93. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Yohalem Wadsworth, his daughters Susan and Roxalene "Pebbles" (Christian) Wadsworth; his step-children, Adam (Debra), Lisa (Andrew), and Joshua Belsky, and his grandchildren Anna, Jonah, Malcolm, Henry, Asher, Elora and Anna. He was predeceased by his parents, Prescott Kingsley Wadsworth and Elizabeth Whittemore Wadsworth, and his first wife, Roxalene Nevins. Frank graduated from the Kent School (1938), After serving as a naval aviator in WWII, he completed his A.B. degree at Princeton University as well as his M.A. and Ph.D. Wadsworth was a distinguished and creative educator, who taught English literature at UCLA; University of Pittsburgh, and SUNY, Purchase. An unusually gifted administrator, noted for innovative programs and bureaucratic flexibility, he was Director of the Freshman English Program at UCLA, Dean of the Humanities Division, University of Pittsburgh, Founder and Vice President for Academic Affairs, SUNY, Purchase. He was a Founder and Senior Academic Officer of The Cooperative College Center, Mt. Vernon, NY. Numerous awards and academic honors, include: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library Fellow, Guggenheim Fellowship, and honorary Phi Beta Kappa A prolific author of scholarly papers and reviews, Wadsworth is probably best known for his genial defense of Shakespeare's authorship in The Poacher from Stratford. Wadsworth also served as a member of the Selection Committee for The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; SUNY Faculty Senator; Trustee, Rye Country Day School; member Advisory Council, Department of English Princeton University. In addition he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. In recognition of Professor Wadsworth's commitment and devotion to the scholarly integrity of anthropology, the Foundation renamed the Professional Development International Fellowship the Wadsworth Fellowship Program. Frank enjoyed his time on horseback or at the tiller of his sailboat as much as his scholarly work and interaction with his students. Burial occurred Arlington, VT on August 14, 2012

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 15, 2012
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