Frances Rogers Alderman
APRIL 19, 1939 - OCTOBER 26, 2018
Frances was born in Rolesville, NC where she graduated from Rolesville High School as the Homecoming Queen and Salutatorian. She was a woman of conviction who lived far ahead of her time. After attending Meredith College and giving birth to her first son, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962. Frances enjoyed a 35 year career in the nephrology department at UNC Hospitals where she conducted research and coauthored numerous scholarly papers, a testament to her immense intellectual curiosity. After retiring, she traveled the world and devoted herself to spending time with her grandchildren, serving others and promoting social justice. Fran served on various boards including the FARM at UNC, Finley Forest and Carolina Meadows, where she shared her knowledge and talents. She was also a long time dedicated member of the altar guild at the Church of the Holy Family.
Frances is predeceased by her parents, Carl Neil Rogers and Margie Young Rogers, and her former husband, George William Goodwin Alderman. She is survived by her sons, Neil (Holly) Alderman and Scott (Suzanne) Alderman, of Chapel Hill; her grandchildren, Morgan, Joshua, Clay and Jessica; her sister, Carol Rogers of Raleigh; her many dear cousins including Judy (Raymond) James of Wake Forest, NC and Sue O’Brien of Murfreesboro, TN; her nephew, Jeffrey Carter, nieces Kelly Carter and Shannon Carter, and countless friends.
Frances will be dearly missed. As Longfellow writes:
“Lives of great [wo]men all remind us. We can make our lives sublime, And, departing, leave behind us. Footprints on the sands of time;”
Her loving honesty, strong opinions and socially conscious spirit have left footprints on our hearts, the likes of which time cannot erase. She was truly great.
A service celebrating Fran’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Church of the Holy Family in Chapel Hill, NC followed by the inurnment in the gardens and a reception in the fellowship hall. Donations in memory of Frances may be made to the Orange County Animal Shelter.
Condolences may be shared at CremationSocietyNC.com