Emmett Peyton Bonner III of Frederick, Maryland died Tuesday, May 16, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Carolyn Bates Bonner for 46 years.
He was born on January 12, 1946 in New York City and was the son of Rear Admiral Emmett Peyton Bonner and Elizabeth Healy Bonner.
Emmett graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in 1964 and received a BA from Villanova University in 1968. He then studied for a graduate degree in Finance at American University and was awarded an MBA in 1976, graduating first in his class with a 4.0 GPA.
Emmett served as a line officer in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971, principally in the area of anti-submarine warfare. He loved a good submarine movie.
He pursued a career in finance in New York City which included being CEO of Acquisition Funding Corporation, a division of General Electric Commercial Credit, and was instrumental in pioneering asset-based lending through a deal with Gibson Greeting Cards which was subsequently taught in finance courses for many years.
Emmett was an avid ham radio operator under call sign WA4UWD and earned DX Century Awards for 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, and 30 meters. He built much of his radio equipment himself. He was proud of having earned his Amateur Extra rating at a time when Morse code proficiency was required.
Emmett loved to sing and was in the glee club at Portsmouth Priory and Villanova University. A lifelong devout Catholic, Emmett enjoyed singing at Mass. He is remembered as a loving husband, father, and brother.
Emmett is survived by his wife Carolyn of Frederick, Maryland; his daughter Jeanette, an actor and producer in New York City; his son Dr. Ian Bonner, a clinical psychologist in Chicago; his brother Mark, a law professor in Naples, Florida; his sister Dr. Vance Bonner, a structural therapist and teacher of Bend, Oregon; and his brother Gregory, a retired general contractor, of Stevensville, Maryland.
Visitation will be from 10am-11am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, 8428 Opossumtown Pike in Frederick, where a Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am. Father Keith Boisvert will be the celebrant. Interment will be at 12:30 pm on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at Quantico National Cemetery, VA.
Memorial donations in honor of Emmett may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church Mortgage Fund, 8428 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick MD, 21702, or online at bit.ly/emmettbonner.