Frances Rogers Al­der­man

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

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 Cre­ma­tionSo­ci­

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