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Francis X. Prior, 92, of Solomons died peacefully on Feb. 13, 2013, at Asbury-Solomons in Solomons.
Born Nov. 7, 1920, in Worcester, Mass., he was the oldest son of 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, Colo., 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 the 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, when he moved to California, 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, investing, and he 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. He always encouraged his sons and grandsons to study hard to make good lives for themselves.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Prior of Solomons; his sons, Dr. Robert Prior of Lexington Park, Dr. Bruce Prior of North Wales, Pa., and Dr. Donald Prior of Belleair Shores, Fla.; and five grandsons, Francis, Robert, Thomas, Jake and Jack. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Prior; brothers, Philip Prior and William Prior; and sister, Mary Bradshaw.
A funeral service was held graveside at Charles Memorial Gardens in Leonardtown on Feb. 18.
Arrangements were handled by Brinsfield Funeral Home.