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Frances Fenn Fogarty (Franny), was born on January 20, 1930 and died peacefully at Greenwich Hospital on November 20, 2012. She was born in New Orleans, LA, to Bertha K. Fenn and John F. Fenn, and was raised in Winnetka, IL. She was predeceased by her sister, Mary Fenn Heely, and is survived by her two daughters Katharine Fogarty and Elizabeth Fogarty Walsh, as well as her two nieces, Anne Fay and Molly Drybrough, and her grandniece and grandnephew, Sarah and Christopher Day. After her graduation from North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, she studied at the Ecole Lemania in Lausanne, Switzerland. Upon her return to the U.S., she made her debut in Chicago in the fall of 1948. She graduated from the Katharine Gibbs School and became the Personnel Secretary to the Graduate School of Business and Commerce at Northwestern University. In 1951, she married James F. Fogarty, Jr., who was with the Continental Can Company. They lived in Cincinnati, New York City and Greenwich, CT, where they raised their two daughters. When she divorced in 1967, she became an Executive Assistant with S & K Sales Company, GTE, Finn Dixon & Herling LLP and then was the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant at Fogarty Knapp & Associates, Inc. for the last 13 years of her working career. Franny was a gifted pianist, delighting family and friends with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee" and "Scheherazade" and Prokoflev's "Peter and the Wolf". She loved a wide variety of music including all classical, Beethoven in particular, Erroll Garner and more contemporary artists such as Queen and Lady Gaga.
She was an avid reader who zipped through the New York Times crossword puzzle every day and had multiple written exchanges with Puzzle Editor, Will Shortz. She had a wealth of knowledge, an innate wisdom about people, a kind nature, down to earth personality, and a quick dry wit. She had a grand passion for animals, especially cats, enjoyed studying weather patterns, was a big New York Giants fan and a supporter of Doctors without Borders. Franny will be greatly missed and forever remembered for her legacy of love and courage.
A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, December 15th at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, CT, between 11:00 and 1:00 p.m.
Published in GreenwichTime from Dec. 2 to Dec. 5, 2012