Francis (Frank) Nyman Reilly was born September 6, 1935, in Moss Point, MS., to Ralph and Mildred Reilly. He passed away on July 12th, 2021.
Among friends and family, Frank was known for his words of wisdom, quick wit, and as a captivating storyteller. Professionally, he was widely regarded for his leadership, measured approach, and for demanding excellence.
Frank earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1957 from Mississippi State University (MSU), followed by his MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 1965.
Following a 40-year career with Texas Instruments (TI), Frank retired as Vice President of the Airborne Electro-Optics and New Program Development Divisions. He helped develop infrared equipment for a broad range of defense applications, and an advanced Magnetometer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) deployed on the Mars 64 Fly-By mission.
In retirement, Frank and his wife, Freeda moved to Rockport, TX to enjoy sailing the Texas coast. He served on the City Council, as Mayor ProTem, and as Yacht Club Commodore.
In 2019, Frank was awarded the prestigious recognition of Distinguished Fellow by The MSU Bagley College of Engineering for his accomplishments and commitment to the field of Engineering.
Frank is survived by his wife of 64 years, Freeda Reilly; Sister, June Weaver; Daughter, Vickie (David) Buchanan; Grandsons, Matt (Paula) and Michael (Brittni) Yantzi; Step-Granddaughters: Megan (David) and Katy (David) Buchanan.
Arrangements entrusted to:
Charlie Marshall Funeral Home & Crematory
814 E. Main St.
Rockport, Texas 78382