I checked my email late yesterday, after a long day of driving, and found the sad news that Fran Randall had passed away at age 93.
Fran was one of the first Girl Scouts in Frederick County, Maryland, joining in 1938. She would be a mainstay of the movement in Frederick for the next eight decades.
Fran wore many hats in her lifetime — chemist, journalist, historian, feminist, businesswoman, and more. But my connection to her was through Girl Scouting, and I greatly enjoyed the time spent together swapping stories about the movement, travel, and life in general.
The last time I saw Fran was at the grand opening of our Archives and History Program Center in Frederick. She had made a generous contribution to the center and not even recent surgery was going to keep her away. Frannie was especially delighted when I showed her the display case holding her former leader’s hat.
This photo from the Girl Scout Centennial has hung in the Frederick Center since it opened in 2015 and perfectly captures Fran’s enthusiasm for Girl Scouting.
She leaves a tremendous legacy for Frederick County and the thousands of Girl Scouts active there.
Her obituary is available from the Frederick News-Post.
©2018 Ann Robertson