Frances Kenny Goodwin, 83, hospital volunteer

July 08, 2004

Frances Kenny Goodwin, a former hospital volunteer and Red Cross worker, died in her sleep Sunday at her Guilford home. She was 83.

Miss Goodwin was born in Baltimore and raised in Guilford. She graduated in 1939 from Bryn Mawr School.

During World War II, she served with the Red Cross in England, France and Germany. After the war, she earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in history from the Johns Hopkins University.

"She was the only person I ever knew who read the Britannica encyclopedia from A to Z. She also loved reading history and nonfiction," said her sister, Emily Goodwin Kemp of Omaha, Neb.

For many years, Miss Goodwin volunteered in the library at Union Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and participated in fox hunts. She spent summers on Cape Cod, Mass., where she was a member of the Quissett Yacht Club and enjoyed sailing.

Miss Goodwin was a longtime communicant of St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today.

In addition to her sister, she is survived by two brothers, Charles Goodwin of Baltimore and F. Lawrence Goodwin Jr. of Wilton, Conn.; and many nieces and nephews.

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