Paul Scott French, 80, FAA employee, ex-Marine

May 12, 2002

Paul Scott French, 80, FAA employee, ex-Marine

Paul Scott French, a former U.S. Marines captain and Federal Aviation Administration employee, died Monday at the St. Agnes Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Ellicott City. He was 80 and lived in Catonsville.

He died a day before his 23rd wedding anniversary while sitting in his favorite chair reading the Bible, said his wife, Edna Katherine Harney French. "He passed so peacefully, doing his favorite thing," she said.

Mr. French was born in Pulteney, N.Y., and was raised on a farm. He graduated from high school in Hammondsport, N.Y.

Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked, Mr. French volunteered for the Marines and became an instructor pilot. During his military service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Service Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty in 1958.

After serving in the Marines, Mr. French worked as a pilot safety counselor for the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington; Richmond, Va.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Anchorage, Alaska. He retired from the FAA in June 1979 and moved to Maryland in 1980.

Mr. French's marriage in 1945 to the former Edith Faye Nelson ended in divorce.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4100 St. John's Lane in Ellicott City, followed by a military service at the Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge.

Other survivors include two sons, Michael Scott French of Rodgers, Ark., and David Lee French of Santa Monica, Calif.; a sister, Katherine Ann Dorsey of Bath, N.Y.; three nieces; and two nephews. A son, Paul Ames French, died in 1993.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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