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4/8/2014 12:39:00 PM
Frances B. Hogan January 15, 1928 - March 31, 2014

Frances B. Hogan passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, March 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers at her longtime home in Palo Alto, California. 

Fran had been a summertime resident of Camp Sherman for many years.

Born January 15, 1928, in Portland, Oregon, to John and Martha Beckwith, Fran spent her childhood years in the Portland area. In the late 1930s, the Beckwith family built a vacation cabin on the Metolius River, which soon became and always remained Fran's favorite place on Earth. Over the years, she and her family would spend countless hours exploring the wonders of Central Oregon from their Metolius River cabin.

Fran's father was a naval officer, and during World War II the family relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she completed high school at The Hamlin School in San Francisco.  She attended Stanford University, where she met the love of her life, Dick Hogan. They both graduated in 1949 and married in 1950. Fran and Dick made their home in Palo Alto, where they raised their five children.

Fran was a very caring person who was active in multiple community and charitable organizations, including Los Altos Hills Horsemen's Association, Wedde Handiswimmers, Mid-Peninsula Open Space District, Westwind 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program, and the Metolius River Forest Homeowners Association.

Fran and Dick enjoyed a life of extensive world travel. Their excursions often included their children and grandchildren. These travels are the subject of many fond family memories among three generations of Hogans. When at home in California and Oregon, Fran loved spending time with her family and often hosted events such as an annual Fourth of July celebration at her Metolius River cabin.  

Fran is survived by her sister, Mary B. Smith of Sisters; her five children: John Hogan, Martha (Marti) Dale, Rich Hogan, Jr., Mary Hogan-Botkin, and Ted Hogan; 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and two faithful golden retrievers, Kelly and Mildred.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents; her brother Jack Beckwith; her sister Isabel Goode; two grandsons; and one granddaughter.

A memorial gathering is planned for the Fourth of July weekend. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Fran's memory to The Black Butte School Foundation - Frank Dale Memorial Scholarship, PO Box 150, Camp Sherman, OR, 97730; Friends of the Metolius, PO Box 101, Camp Sherman, OR, 97730; and SVDP - Catherine's Center, 50 North B Street, San Mateo, CA, 94401.

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