File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 293

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 15:42:27 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie

Didn't Fran Dowie do big puppets? I seem to recall seeing him at Georgetown
in 80, the only fest that I have attended....


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> [Original Message]
> From: Mary Decker <>
> To: <>
> Date: 12/23/2006 3:21:24 PM
> Subject: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie
> Hello Puptcritters,
> Well, more sad news...  I just got an email from Luman Coad, telling 
> me that Fran Dowie died on Thursday night -- December 21.   Fran was 
> in an assisted-living home for the last few years and I'm told that 
> he instructed the residents there on how to make puppets and do 
> puppet performances.
> I'll never forget how depressed Fran was when he arrived at the 1997 
> P of A Festival in Toledo.  His wife, Louis, had died and he didn't 
> want to go to the festival without her.  So he decided he wasn't 
> going to go.  Period.  But then his family packed his bags, paid his 
> registration, and said, "You're going!"  At the end of the festival, 
> Fran joyfully expressed how therapeutic the whole week had been for 
> him.  It was a great moment to hear him gush like that.
> Mary Decker
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