On Jan. 13, 2021, Dr. Frank R. Wadleigh, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.
Frank is survived by his dear wife of 61 years, Rita Wadleigh; his children Anita Wadleigh Kobia, Marlis Wadleigh and John Wadleigh; and his grandchildren Nina Kobia, Fini Kobia and River Wadleigh.
Frank was born in 1933 in New York. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1965, and spent years teaching mathematics around the world. In 1960 he met Rita in Paris and asked to marry her, only three days after meeting each other; it was true love.
Frank had a passion for travel, tennis, painting, writing and learning many languages including French, Italian and Arabic. He published a book based on his times in Vietnam as a civilian, titled “The Phoenix Mistress.” He was also a passionate Yankee fan during the baseball season and always talked about when he met Joe DiMaggio. He was known for his quick wit, his love for freighters, and his kind and compassionate spirit.
There’s a ship on the sea. It is sailing to-night—Sailing to-night;
And father’s aboard, and the moon is all bright—Shining and bright.
Dear Moon, he’ll be sailing for many a night—Sailing from mother and me;
Oh, follow the ship with your silvery light, As father sails over the sea!
Husband, father and grandfather … We love you dearly and we will miss you each and every day.