In Memoriam - Frank Dully

March 19, 2021

In Memoriam - Frank Dully

AsMA Staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Frank E. Dully, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., a Fellow of AsMA.

A native of Connecticut, he graduated from Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, in 1954. He attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine, graduating in 1958, and served an internship at District of Columbia General Hospital from 1958-1959. He then served a family practice residency at Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, from 1959-1960. Afterwards, he entered private practice in Shelton, CT, until 1964, when he joined the U.S. Navy.

   Dr. Dully’s first assignment as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corp was aboard the USS Power (DD-839), serving as the Squadron Medical Officer for U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Squadron 14. In 1965, he became a Flight Surgeon after completing training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), Pensacola, FL, and was promoted to Lt. Commander. He then served as Senior Medical Officer, USS Hornet (CVS-12) from 1966-1968 and then at Naval Air Station Glynco, Brunswick, GA, from 1968-1969. He was promoted to Commander and completed his M.P.H. at the University of California Berkley School of Public Health in 1970. He served a residency in Aerospace Medicine at NAMI from 1970-1972, then as Senior Medical Officer on the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) from 1972-1974. He was then promoted to Captain and served as Director of Training at NAMI until 1977, when he became Wing Surgeon, First Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Okinawa, Japan. In 1978, he was assigned as Force Medical Officer, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego, CA, and became Commanding Officer at NAMI in 1982. From 1985-1987, he was Command Physician and Instructor in Aviation Safety, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1987.
   Following retirement, Dr. Dully became a consultant in human factors to the aviation industry, lectured about aeromedical aspects of aviation safety, was a Field Associate Professor of Aviation Safety, was a consultant in aviation medicine with the University of Southern California’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management, and a consultant in aviation physiology and human factors in the cockpit for Northwest Aerospace Training Corp., Eagan, MN. He published a number of articles on the aeromedical aspects of aviation safety and was a member of many societies, including the Aerospace Medical Association, Society of Naval Flight Surgeons (where he was President twice), the Space Medicine Association, the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, the American College of Occupational Medicine, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, the Flight Safety Foundation. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine.
   Dr. Dully was certified in Aerospace Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals for action during the Vietnam War, two Navy Commendation Medals, a Vietnam Honor Medal – First Class, and six Theatre Ribbons. He was also a recipient of the Captain Robert E. Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award for “outstanding achievements in the field of Naval Aerospace and Operational Medicine during his long and distinguished years of government service.”
   An online obituary is available at