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Francis Clerihew Wymond Jr. ’40

Published in Mar. 8, 2006, issue

Frank died peacefully June 9, 2005, in Grants, N.M. He was 86.

Born in Chicago, he grew up on a lemon and avocado ranch in Carpinteria, Calif., and became an Eagle Scout. His father raised Cairn terriers, one of whom starred as Toto in The Wizard of Oz. His mother was a scion of the distinguished Small family of New England; her aunt was Lora Knight, believed to be the richest woman in the United States during the 1930s.

Frank graduated from Princeton with an engineering degree and joined the Navy, where he served with distinction as electrical officer, chief engineer, and executive officer on a destroyer in the Pacific. He also served in Korea. In 1953 he joined the Naval Reserve and rose to captain. In civilian life he worked as an engineer at several major firms including McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed, Boeing, Aerojet, Rohr, and Maxwell.

He married Joanne Harward in 1948 and they had three children, Frank III, Margaret, and Diane. He divorced Joanne in 1959 and remarried briefly in the 1970s. He was active in Princeton's Annual Giving solicitations in California.

Frank spent his retirement years in Albuquerque near his daughter Margaret and grandchildren Rebecca, Jennifer, and Daniel. His three children and four grandchildren survive him. His classmates extend condolences to the family.

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