Professor Francis Michael Teti, 68, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, in Portales.
He was born on Feb. 5, 1937, in Utica, N.Y., to Frank T. and Nella Teti.
He spent his 36-year professional career as a professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif., where he also served as acting department chair, family members said. He also taught as an adjunct professor for colleges that included Monterey Peninsula College, Chapman University, Golden Gate University and Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he also served as academic dean and vice president. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching during his professional career. He retired to Portales in 2003.
Survivors include his wife Theresa (Terry) Teti of Portales; brothers Vito Teti of Fullerton, Calif. and Gary Teti of Sylmar, Calif.; sons Stowe Teti of Kensington, Md., Trent Teti of Los Angeles and Drew Teti of Chicago; step-sons Charles Stockwell of Portales and William Stockwell of Roseville, Calif.; one granddaughter, one step-granddaughter, five step-grandsons, two nephews and two grand nieces.
A scholarship award has been established in his name at the Naval Postgraduate School as a tribute. Family members ask donations be made to this fund, in lieu of flowers. Information is at: