Frank C. Rodway

PORTLAND – Frank C. Rodway, 91, passed away on Jan. 6, 2017. He was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Charles B. Rodway. Mr. Rodway was born in Beverly, Mass., but moved to Maine in the early 1930s when his father accepted the position as superintendent of the Portland Seamen’s Friend Society, later known as the Seamen’s Club on Fore Street. In 1963, at age 38, Mr. Rodway was appointed as the first non-flag rank superintendent of Maine Maritime Academy. It was a highly controversial and intensely publicized appointment as a consequence of three minority trustees who preferred the appointment of an admiral. This culminated in the en masse resignation of the Board of Trustees protesting Governor Reed’s political interference in the affairs of an academic institution and Mr. Rodway was removed early in 1964. He was later successful in his suit against the three minority trustees and was awarded damages.

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