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Died at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, CA on Saturday, January 6, 2007, after a short illness. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on July 1, 1925 the son of David Arnold Francis and Ila Mae (Powell) Francis and brother of Virginia (Francis) Nicklas and David A. Francis, Jr. (all deceased). He graduated from Dormont High School (1943); Harvard University (1947 History major); and Boston University (Masters, History). While traveling in London (1952), he was hired by the US Government to teach in the Department of Defense Overseas Schools (DODDS). During his 43-year DODDS career, he taught in London; Casablanca, Morocco; Paris and Dreux France; and finally, Brussels American School for 28 years until retirement. While at Dreux, he purchased a country house (1963) in the village of Blevy, France (Eure et Loir) where he entertained friends and family for more than 40 years. He was very proud to be selected as one of 100 National Outstanding Teachers, resulting in his invitation to the White House in 1993. He moved to Palm Springs in 2004 and became very active in the art world, St. Paul's in the Desert Episcopal Church, and Integrity. Paul was a dedicated professional, world traveler, avid family historian, and wonderful Uncle. He is survived by one niece and five nephews: Anne (Nicklas) Layng Huntingdon, PA; William G. Nicklas Ottsville, PA; Paul M. Nicklas Altoona, PA; Thomas A. Nicklas Jersey City, NJ; David A. Francis, III Watkinsville, GA; and Mark R. Francis Pittsburgh, PA. A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's in the Desert Episcopal Church, CA. No flowers; contributions in Paul's memory may be made to your favorite charity.

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