Francis J. Bryson(1933 - 2013)

Francis J Bryson
Virginia Beach - Francis "Frank" J. Bryson died peacefully surrounded by loved ones on March 18 in Annapolis MD. Frank was born to Cyril H. and Adelia K. Bryson (nee Green) in Ridley Park PA, on April 13, 1933. He was predeceased in 2000 by his beloved wife of 26 years, Elaine M. Bryson.

He grew up in Wallingford PA and graduated from Nether Providence High School in 1951. He served honorably in the US Navy and graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Engineering in 1959. His long and successful career began with transistor systems, and included work on the Apollo space programs, SLQ32 Electronic System and many others. Frank worked throughout the US and Europe for companies such as HRB Singer, RCA and Raytheon Corp. from which he retired in 1998. After that he was self-employed as a Professional Engineer until November 2012. Frank was a 40-year resident of Virginia Beach VA.

Frank is survived by his five daughters: Kristen Bryson (David Driver) of Houston TX, Lisa Schober (Robert) of Grasonville MD, Ellen Bryson (Thomas West) of West Chester PA, Jennifer Bryson (John McGahren) of Hillsborough NJ, and Jacqueline Bryson (Robert Guilmet) of Herndon VA; brother James H. Bryson, formerly of Philadelphia PA, now of Oakland CA; sister Barbara "Bonnie" (Dr. Lawrence) Hutchinson of State College PA; beloved grandchildren Matthew and Kerri Driver, Ethan and Jacob West, and Ian, Megan and Fiona McGahren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and by his first wife and friend, Esther Boone.

Frank died after a year of declining health, throughout which he remained courageous and strong. He never lost his sense of humor, appreciation for music, poetry, and talking politics, nor his love for his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Details will be available and your remembrances welcome at Because of his great patriotism, please consider a contribution made in Frank's name to The Wounded Warrior Project. Specifics also available at the website above.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 26, 2013