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Clem, Frances A.

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June 8, 1938 - December 19, 2015

Clem, Frances A.

mrs clem 1 mrs clem 3 mrs clem 4Frances Anne Clem, born: June 8, 1938, died:  December, 19, 2015
Our beloved Fran passed peacefully away from us on December 19, 2015 after a short illness.

She was born New York City in June of 1938

A former Miss Fire Island (on Long Island NY), she was an intellectual and well as a physical beauty.

In the summer of 1958, she moved from Syracuse, New York to study Mechanical Engineering at SMU.

Before coming to Texas, Fran had developed a love of flying and earned her private pilot license.

In an elective speech class at SMU, She met the love of her life Jim, after he had given a speech on a Norton Bomb sight Aircraft instrument. The two stuck up a conversation after class and Jim   invited her to go for a flight in his Cesena 170

The couple was married in December 1959 ….

They had 2 children, Jim and Mike and 3 grand kids – Alexandria, Ryan and Cooper

Fran earned her BS in Mechanical Engineering from SMU and a Master in Mathematics at UTD.

She had an interesting career working at Texas Instruments, Geo Tech and Carruth Labs.

In the spring of 1961, she worked with Jim to establish Executive Instruments.

The company is still in business at Addison Airport today.

Fran had wide variety of interests from playing competitive Bridge, painting Water Color Portraits   to Racing Cars!!

She was the first woman to Qualify for the National Championships in her class.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday 23, 2016 at 11:30a

Location: Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

14115 Hillcrest Rd.

Dallas, Tx 75234

In lieu of flowers we ask that you make a donation to the Women’s Council of Arboretum.

They are raising funds to plant a tree and procure a plaque in Fran’s name at the Arboretum

Checks payable to the Women’s Council can sent to:

Patricia Cowlishaw

15190 Preston Wood BlVd . # 717

Dallas TX 75248

You can also use a Credit Card by contacting Pat at 972.239.1702 or email [email protected]

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Sasha Lanz

January 24, 2016 7:01PM

I am so sorry at the loss of Fran. We were born just a year apart, and both worked at Geotech. I never knew her there, sad to say; it would have been fun to reminisce about that long-gone company. I only knew her from her Formula V days, but she was always fun to be around. She will be missed.

Murray Forsvall

January 22, 2016 5:17PM

Mike and Jimmy, how lucky you were to have had such fine parents as Fran and Jim, two of the finest people I ever knew