Robert L. Frongillo ’63

Robert L. Frongillo ’63 died on January 26, 2017, in Kingsport, Tennessee.

(The following was provided by the Times News on February 4, 2017)

Bob, 85, died unexpectedly January 26th after a brief illness.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, educated in New England, and attended Bowdoin College where Nathanial Hawthorne was a past student. While in the Navy,

Bob was present for the first thermonuclear explosion, the hydrogen bomb. His responsibilities began his interest in electronics.

Bob’s career was with AT&T where he was instrumental in the development of our present 800 system, Telstar, and the current direct dial system; a transition from the operator method.

Bob was an avid sports fan, particularly the Boston Red Sox and the Patriots. Skiing, golfing, wood-working and traveling were a joy for him.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Survivors include his wife Frances, sons Rick, Ron, and Randy, daughter Lynda Pierce and stepdaughter Joy Ferris, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceasing Bob was wife Marilyn “Lynn”, son Bobby, granddaughter Katie and sister Jean.

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