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NEW OXFORD Frank E. Basehoar, 96, the first Superintendent of Schools for the Littlestown Area School District, a decorated U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and lifelong civic leader, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at the Brethren Home Community. He was the husband of the late Esther V. (Bair) Basehoar, his childhood sweetheart and wife of 69 years. Born March 7, 1916, in New Oxford, he was the son of the late Howard C. and Sadie R. (Biehl) Basehoar. Mr. Basehoar attended the Oak Grove School, a one room school house, then Littlestown High School, where he graduated in 1935. He received undergraduate training at Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C., Gettysburg College, and Shippensburg State Teachers College where he received his college degree in education. He began teaching in a one room school, Walnut Grove School, in Berwick Twp. in 1937. He then accepted a teaching position at Two Taverns School, Mt. Joy Twp., in 1940. On February 17, 1941, Mr. Basehoar was one of the first three Adams Countians to be conscripted into the U.S. Army. He initially served with the U.S. Army's 71st, Coastal Artillery and later was deployed to the Pacific Theater with the 1488th, Combat Engineers. He saw action in three major campaigns: New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon in the Philippines. He was field promoted to 2nd LT. during the Battle for Manila. Mr. Basehoar ended his overseas deployment as a member of the occupying forces in Otaru, Japan. He was honorably discharged as a 1st SGT. at Fort Indiantown Gap on December 1, 1945. His military decorations include three Bronze Stars, two of which were for Valor. Mr. Basehoar was elected Principal in Mt. Joy Twp. in 1946. He was elected High School Principal of the Littlestown School District in 1947, a position he held until 1966. He completed post graduate studies at Temple, Pennsylvania State, and Columbia Universities, and Western Maryland College where he received his advance degree in School Administration. Mr. Basehoar was elected as the first Superintendent of Schools of the Littlestown Area School District in 1966. He established the first public kindergarten, commissioned the school's first Middle States School Evaluation Accreditation, and oversaw two major building programs. He retired from public education in 1974, but continued his educational interests as an adjunct professor for Western Maryland College, supervising candidates for advanced degrees, as a counselor and teacher for inmates at the Franklin County Prison, and as an evaluator of Title I programs for Pennsylvania Department of Education. From 1949, Mr. Basehoar was a member and past president of the Littlestown Rotary Club. He was dedicated to the Rotary principal of "Service above Self". He served as a director or member of The Adams Co. Assistance Board, The Adams Co. Children Services Advisory Board, The Adams Co. Board of Review, The Adams Co. Prison Task Force, The Adams Co. Election Board, and the Littlestown Authority Board. He was elected Mayor of Littlestown and served as Vice President of the Littlestown Borough Council. He was a regular helper with Meals on Wheels and food pantry programs. He received the Littlestown "Outstanding Citizen" award in 1985. Mr. Basehoar was also a member of Littlestown's St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Patmos Lodge #348 F & AM, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6954, Littlestown. In addition, Mr. Basehoar was affiliated with many national, state, and local professional associations. He often stated that the most important professional associations from 1937 until his retirement in 1974 were "the three generations of students placed under his care". Surviving are two sons, Frank Basehoar, Jr. and his wife, Laird of New Cumberland, and Douglas A. Basehoar and his wife, Gayle of Woodbridge, Va.; daughter-in-law, Bridget Basehoar of Reisterstown, Md.; grandchildren, Jody, Andrew, Adam, and Heather; great-grandchildren, Caroline and Eloise; and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Basehoar was preceded in death by his son, Richard E. Basehoar, Esq.; and seven siblings, Esther Wolf, Ruth Baker, Naomi Patterson, Margaret Nail, Mary Masenhimer, Earl Basehoar, and Sarah Musselman. Memorial Services will be announced at a later date with final inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, PA 17350. To share memories of Mr. Frank E. Basehoar please visit
Published in Evening Sun on Sept. 15, 2012
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