"Fran's early experiences in the military generated a life-long love of travel, and she was particularly enamored of Ireland, England, Italy and India. An avid reader, she had wide ranging interests and a lively curiosity, always alert to the vicissitudes of the 21st century while firmly rooted in the values and ethical precepts of her New England upbringing. And her strength in the face of medical adversity was exemplary, having survived two bouts of cancer as well as lesser ailments with determination and dignity. Her sense of humor was particularly droll, with the result that conversations were laced with piquant observations and pointed commentary. She was a staunch ally, a generous friend, and a loving mother."