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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