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Professor Willard FrankNEWPORT, R.I. - Professor Will Frank, who served as a Norfolk, Virginia Strategy and War Fleet Professor from 1985 until his retirement this summer, passed away in Norfolk on Sept. 2.

He served as a Naval Officer from 1957 to 1977, both on active duty and in the Navy Reserve.  His association with the Naval War College began in 1974 as a student in the first Naval Reserve Officers Course in Strategy and Policy, after which he taught Strategy and Policy for the Naval Reserve Officers School in Norfolk until 1976 when the program was disestablished. 

An alumnus of Brown University, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Pittsburgh, Professor Frank was a stalwart in the College’s Strategy and Policy distance education efforts. Professor Frank retired from Old Dominion University in 2004 where he had taught history since 1963, including service as the director of the Certificate Program in Strategy and Policy, which was modeled after the Naval War College’s Strategy and Policy curriculum.

He will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at Newport and across the nation.

Courtesy of Stan Carpenter, College of Distance Education
Posted by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy

Additional news on Professor Frank's passing:
Old Dominion University News: Will Frank, Professor Emeritus of History Dies