Allston, Frank James Was born in New Bern, North Carolina to Frank and Louise Allston, the first of two children with Martha arriving 5 years later. He graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1948 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He graduated in 1952 with a B.A. in journalism and political science and met Barbara French Brown and married in September 1955. They have two sons, James and John. While at UNC, Frank enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1951 and after college he graduated from the Navy Reserve Office Candidate School in early 1953. He served in various positions all over the globe. In 1954 he left active duty, moved into the reserves and started his civilian career with General Electric. For the next 31 years he served all over the US and retired from the reserves in 1985 as a Rear Admiral. During his naval career he received many awards and medals: Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal and the Navy Supply Corps Lifetime Award in 2005. After official retirement, he then spent the next 10 years researching the official 200 year history of the Navy Supply Corps, titled "Ready for Sea", published in 1995. Concurrent with the reserve service in the Navy, he held various management roles at General Electric, Bunker Ramo, IC Industries and retired in 1989 as Vice President of the Illinois Central Railroad. He then worked in collaboration with William B. Johnson, Conglomerate, the history of the Illinois Central Railroad and evolution to IC Industries published in 1992. Frank was also very involved in the Naperville community, serving as the General Chairman of the Naperville Sesquicentennial in 1981, board member of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission, DuPage County Transportation Committee, Naperville Transportaion Advisory Board, Elder at Knox Presbyterian Church, Rotary Club of Naperville, receiving Rotarian of the year in 1998 and the International Four Avenues of Service Citation in 1999, to name a few. He is preceded in death by Barbara, his wife of 55 years and survived by his sons, James (Judy), John (Cindy) and their children, Pierson, Christine, Nathan and Justin, and his sister Martha (William) Wildhack and their 2 children, William (Holly) and Elizabeth and their children, Evan and Jocelyn. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 10:30 am at Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Ln, Naperville. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in honor of Frank James Allston to: Navy Supply Corps Scholarship Foundation, POBox 6228, Athens, GA 30604, www.usnscf.com or to Riverwalk Administrator, Naperville Riverwalk Foundation, City of Naperville, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville, IL 60540. Arrangements made by Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home & Crematory Naperville, IL 630.355.0264 www.beidelmankunschfh.com
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Published in Naperville Sun on July 8, 2012