Ted P. Fenno

Captain Ted P. Fenno USN (ret.), 83, of Easton, PA, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, (Veterans Day), in his home while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1938, a son of the late Rear Admiral Frank W. (USN) and Avis A. (Cochran) Fenno, in New London, CT, where his dad was teaching at the Naval Submarine School.

After a year at the Bullis Preparatory School and four years at the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) in the 17th Company, Ted graduated in the Class of 1961 and started his distinguished 30-year surface warfare career.

Ted’s Operational Assignments in the U.S. Navy included tours on the USS AGERHOLM (DD 826), on the staff of Destroyer Division NINETY TWO, as Commander River Division FIVE NINE ONE, Nha Be, RVN, as Weapons Officer, USS WAINWRIGHT (CG 28), as Executive Officer, USS LUCE (DDG 38), and as Commanding Officer, USS SAMPSON (DDG 10). His shore duty tours included as the Company Officer and also as Flag Lt./Aide to the USNA Superintendent, as a student at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, VA, as the Atlantic Fleet Cruiser/Destroyer Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), and as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Surface Warfare (OP-32) on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Surface Warfare (OP-03). His final tour was as the Commanding Officer of NROTC Penn State, where he enjoyed developing and providing competitive ensigns and second lieutenants to serve in complement to USNA and other commissioned graduates.

Ted held a B.S. degree (USNA) and an M.S. degree in Personnel Management from George Washington University. In his Naval career, he earned two Legions of Merit, Purple Heart, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and several other awards.

Following his retirement, Ted was active in league and recreational golf, as a season ticket fan of the Penn St. women’s basketball team, and in the Navy League of Central Pennsylvania, which for a term he served as its president. He and Lee built and spent substantial, valued time at their cabin and family property in Lycoming County, in north-central PA. For 20 years, Ted was caregiver for his dear wife Lee who battled cancer. In 2005, Ted contracted brain cancer but was blessed to improve and continue caregiving for Lee, while participating in family events and as an ardent fan of his grandchildren’s sports teams. He also continued to travel with Lee, and also after her passing, especially to visit family and friends.

Ted is survived by a son, Christopher Maitland Fenno; daughters Jennifer Cochran (Fenno) Miers and husband Timothy, and Avis Ashlee (Fenno) Flanegin and husband Jeffrey; a brother Charles Cochran Fenno; and grandchildren Mackenzie Miers, Christian Miers, Colin Flanegin, and Hope Flanegin. In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Frank W. Fenno Jr.

A calling hour will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, from 11 a.m. to noon, in Morello Funeral Home, 3720 Nicholas Street, Easton, PA, followed by a Memorial Service at noon in the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered at www.morellofuneralhome.com.