Frank Hanes Ayres – Lieutenant, United States Navy

Courtesy of Yale University

Frank H. Ayres

  • Born: October 22, 1940
  • Died: June 27, 1991

Frank Ayres, son of the late Ohio Congressman and Mrs. William H. Ayres, Jr., prepared at Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio. A political science major and member of Timothy Dwight, he was deeply involved in campus Republican political events, rising to become G.O.P. president his senior year. He was also a leader in the Yale Political Union. He was a member of NROTC.

Following graduation, Frank served 4 years in the U. S. Navy, including duty in Japan where he developed an interest in Asian cultures and learned Japanese. After release from active duty he moved to New York City and was with the Japanese-American Society.

Classmate and former roommate John Stewart reports that Frank spoke fluent Japanese and was a devotee of Japanese art. During the 1970’s Frank resided near John on the Upper West Side. For a time prior to locating his own apartment, Frank roomed with classmate and NROTC shipmate Bill Boehmler in New York.

Unfortunately, little is known of Frank’s activities during the 1980’s. He resided in Lumberville, Pennsylvania, at the time of his death. He never married. His mother survived him.

Ayres, Frank Hanes

  • Born October 22, 1940
  • Died June 27, 1991
  • Lieutenant, United States Navy
  • Residence: Bethesda, Maryland,
  • Section 30, Grave 435-RH
  • Buried September 25, 1991

Lieutenant Ayres was the son of Congressman William Hanes Ayres of Ohio and is buried in the same gravesite as his father.  The Lieutenant served as as Special Assistant to President Richard M. Nixon.


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