Orlando F. Furno, 85

City schools supervisor

February 07, 2007

Orlando F. Furno, a retired schools administrator and World War II veteran, died of complications from diabetes Jan. 31 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Guilford resident was 85.

Born in Moonachie, N.J., he enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and survived the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor while aboard the destroyer USS Chandler. A chief machinist's mate, he later served aboard the aircraft carriers Essex and Yorktown and fought at Midway, Truk, Saipan, Guadalcanal and Okinawa. His decorations included eight battle stars and two Presidential Unit Citations.

After the war, he earned a physics degree at the University of Washington, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a doctorate in educational administration from Columbia University.

He moved to Baltimore in 1960 and was director of research for the Baltimore Department of Education, later becoming assistant superintendent for research and development. He oversaw installation of computers.

Dr. Furno was later an assistant superintendent in the Carroll County public school system and retired in 1984 as construction chief for Army schools.

A member and former president of of the Associated Italian American Charities, he was chairman of its scholarship committee.

A Mass was offered yesterday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, where he was a member.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Imogene P. Coughlin, who had been chairman of the mathematics department at Baltimore City Community College; a son, John F. Furno of Baltimore; three sisters, Susie Biggs and Anna Mandragona, both of Moonachie, and Nancy Gillen of Hackensack, NJ.; and six grandchildren.

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