Frank N. Worden – Commander, United States Navy

From a contemporary press report:

Frank Newell Worden, 79, a retired Navy Commander who also was a business consultant and musician, died July 18, 2001, at DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, of complications related to a stroke.

Commander Worden, who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was born in Friendship, New York. He began his Navy career in 1939 as an enlisted man and musician. He was a trumpeter in a Navy band stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941, bringing the United States into World War II. While serving in the Navy, he graduated from the University of Michigan and received master’s degrees in business from Harvard and George Washington universities.

He was assigned in the Philippines before settling in the Washington area in 1962.

He retired from the Navy in 1965.

In retirement, he served on the business faculties of George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College, co-directed a business training institute, served as vice president for economic development for the Alexandria Chamber of
Commerce and did business consulting for General Business Services, an advisory organization to small businesses.

He also organized and played in the Mount Vernon swing band.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Nancy Jane of Alexandria; two children, Jon Marsh Worden of Richmond and Jane Newell Shepherd of Nokesville, Virginia; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A son, James Carlisle Worden, died in infancy in 1951.


  • VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 10/30/1945 – 08/31/1965
  •  DATE OF BIRTH: 08/14/1921
  •  DATE OF DEATH: 07/18/2001
  •  DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/18/2002

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