Fran Kellogg: A lifetime of giving
There was never any question that volunteering and donating to causes she believed in would be central to Fran Kellogg's life. Fran and her husband Hal, who both died in 2017, shared the following story with AFSC.
"My Christian faith has a lot to do with it," said Fran, a lifelong Episcopalian, of her enduring commitment to a variety of social causes. "And my mother raised us to think that because you came from a well-to-do family, you volunteered."
And she counted AFSC as one of her mainstays, an organization she supported for some seven decades.
Following a relatively sheltered upbringing in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Fran's worldview expanded dramatically after high school when she enlisted in the Women's Army Corps (WACs) during World War II and traveled around the country. "It was a real education, a real eye-opener to the rest of the world," Fran recalled.
After this seminal experience, Fran returned to Bryn Mawr and began volunteering for the Service Committee, which she knew about through friends and family. That led to a secretarial position with AFSC until she met and married Hal Kellogg, a lawyer with whom she had a whirlwind courtship.
"We met in May, got engaged in October, and married in December," Fran said. "We've now been married more than 70 years."
The couple remained loyal AFSC supporters even as they raised five children and as their volunteer commitments ballooned.
They both volunteered with Episcopal Community Services in Philadelphia - Hal served as the president of the board and Fran assisted the social workers. Hal even served as interim executive director at one point. Fran also did hospice work at Pennsylvania Hospital, served on the board at Settlement Music School, and was active with prison ministry, visiting prisoners and eventually chairing the board of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.
Fran also helped found an Episcopalian congregation called the Church Without Walls, which was started by people who were dissatisfied with their parishes. "I became radicalized," Fran said. "This was the 60s and there was a woman, a suburban missioner, who really got us stirred up."
Things got quieter, but into her 90’s, Fran stayed busy.
She and Hal lived at the Foulkeways retirement community in Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, for more than 20 years, though Hal moved to a long-term care facility.
Fran was active with a number of committees at Foulkeways and was enthusiastic about her reading group, which focused on spiritual literature. She also attended St. Peter's Church in Philadelphia every Sunday.
She and Hal donated generously to AFSC for many years, and both included the Service Committee in their wills. Fran said that their loyalty was inspired by the totality of AFSC's work, and not any one program or area of work.
"The youth programs are wonderful, but I like everything AFSC does," she said. "I've always felt the work of AFSC was so important and good."