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Francis X. Prior, 92, of Solomons died Feb. 13, 2013, at Asbury-Solomons.
He was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Worcester, Mass., to the late Bernard and Frances Prior.
He grew up in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1939. He attended the University of Vermont and was president of his class; he graduated in 1944 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Washington, D.C. He was then assigned to the U.S. Armed Forces Foreign Language School in Colorado Springs and studied Russian. In 1946, he was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow where he served as a translator and met his first wife, Elizabeth Prior. Upon completing his tour of duty, he returned to the United States, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology. He then joined the Textiles Division of the DuPont Co. where he served as a technical service representative. In this position, he traveled throughout South America and Mexico visiting manufacturing facilities and providing technical advice. During this time, he, his wife and three sons lived in Kennett Square, Pa. He worked for DuPont until retiring in 1980.
Upon retirement, he moved to California, Md., where he lived with his second wife, Mary Prior, whom he married in 1980. He and his wife enjoyed playing golf and traveling. He also enjoyed studying the stock market and investing, and had an interest in and a facility with foreign languages. He was always kind and cheerful and was a great husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family, including his wife, children and grandsons. He always encouraged his sons and grandsons to study hard to make good lives for themselves. His life provided an excellent example for them to follow. His family and friends will miss him greatly, and he will always be in their hearts.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Prior; brothers, Philip Prior and William Prior; and sister, Mary Bradshaw.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Prior of Solomons; sons, Robert Prior of Lexington Park, Bruce Prior of North Wales, Pa., and Donald Prior of Belleair Shores, Fla.; and grandsons, Francis, Robert, Thomas, Jake and Jack.
A graveside funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown.
Arrangements are being provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown.