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Retired Rear Admiral Frank Allston, SC, USNR passed away June 29 at the age of 81. He retired after more than 34 years in the Navy and Reserves, including active duty in Washington, D.C. during the Korean War. At the time he retired, he was the senior drilling Naval Reservist, serving as Director, Naval Reserve Aviation Supply Development and Readiness Project.

A native of New Bern, N.C., he graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, Va., and attended the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science. While at UNC, Allston enlisted in the Navy Reserve in February, 1951, and after college, he graduated from the Navy Reserve Officer Candidate School in early 1953. He served in various positions all around the world.

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He left active duty in 1954, and began his career as both a reservist and as a civilian with General Electric. For the next 31 years, he served all around the U.S., and retired from the Reserve in 1985 as a Rear Admiral. His duties with the Reserve included serving as commanding officer of three Naval Reserve Units, Ships Supply Officer Division 3-3, N.Y.; Supply Company 6-8, S.C.; and Ships Parts Control Center, Mechanicsburg 113, Ill. Allston also founded the Recruiting District Assistance Council program for the Navy Recruiting Command.

During his naval career, he received many medals and awards, including the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medal and the Navy Supply Corps Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. After retirement, he then spent the following 10 years researching the official 200-year history of the Navy Supply Corps, titled "Ready for Sea", which was published in 1995.

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Concurrent with his Reserve service, 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, to document the history of the Illinois Central Railroad and evolution to IC Industries, published in 1992. Allston was also very involved in the Naperville community, serving as the General Chairman of the Naperville Sesquicentennial in 1981, and as a board member of the Naperville Riverwalk Commission. He was also actively involved with the DuPage County Transportation Committee, the Naperville Transportation Advisory Board, and as Elder at Knox Presbyterian Church. Lastly, he was an active member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, receiving Rotarian of the year in 1998, and the International Four Avenues of Service Citation in 1999.

A memorial service was held July 11 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Ill.
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