Frances Jeanne Frank

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Frances Jeanne Frank, 86, of Washington, died Sunday, November 11, 2012.


She was born in Chester, W.Va., the youngest daughter of the late John C. and Doane Johnston Hobbs.


Instilled with a strong work ethic, she strove to go beyond her roots. Upon her high school graduation, she entered the nursing program at Allegheny General Hospital. While a student, she was made head nurse in the Obstetrics and Gynecological Department of Allegheny General.


Over the ensuing 40 years, she received her bachelor’s of science and master’s of education degrees from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in nursing from West Virginia University and designation as a gerontological nursing specialist. After serving on the faculty of Washington Hospital School of Nursing, she joined the faculty at the North Side campus of Community College of Allegheny County, where she attained the rank of full professor and was appointed Interim Dean of Life Sciences.


In 1984, she joined the faculty, in the department of nursing, at Maricopa County Community College in Phoenix, Ariz., a position she held until 1991.


Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Dr. Frederick J. Frank of Washington, Dean Emeritus of Washington & Jefferson College; two sons, Frederick J. Frank Jr. and wife Pamela and T. Scott Frank and wife Sarah Springer Frank of Pittsburgh; and two grandchildren, Mary Frank and Natalie (Michael) Bader.


Mrs. Frank was a loving wife and mother, who stood as an example of grace, grit, and above all, generosity to her family and to all who knew her. In the tradition of “the Lady with the Lamp,” she taught hundreds of students the art of nursing, so that the sick and dying might repair in hope and dignity.


Friends will be received for a time of fellowship from noon to 2 p.m., the time of services with remembrances and speaking on her life, Saturday, November 17, in Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home, 420 Locust Avenue, Washington, with John R. Warner leading the gathering. All other services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Frederick J. and Frances Jeanne Frank Prize for Leadership in Communication Arts, c/o the Development Office at Washington & Jefferson College, 60 South Lincoln Street, Washington, PA 15301. Condolences may be expressed at www.piattandbarnhillfh.com. Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors Inc., Charles R. Piatt, owner/supervisor, and Lawrence K. Donovan, director.


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