Carol Franz, formerly of Damariscotta, died Aug. 15 in Mansfield, Conn. She was born Aug. 10, 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the youngest of four daughters to Matilda and Joseph Franz. She received a B.A. in Literature from Barnard in 1936, and then an M.A. in Education from N.Y.U. She worked at various businesses, at the New York Public Library, and for 20 years as assistant director for the Association of American University Presses, until her retirement in 1979.
She then moved to Damariscotta, and later to Portland, where she made friends among musicians and enjoyed her love of the sea. Carol was an accomplished violinist, playing in several informal chamber groups, both in her early years in New York and in Maine. She lived near the Maine seacoast until moving to Storrs, Conn. in 1999, where she lived with her sisters, Ruth Seifert and Emily Franz.
During WWII Carol was attached to the Army Corps Ambulance Unit of the American Red Cross and worked with this unit in aiding soldiers from battle. Through the war years she worked in London and then Scotland with the 57th Field Hospital. She was also sent to Nancie, France during the Battle of the Bulge and aided POWs. Later she was part of the American Consulate in Germany, actively processing thousands of DPs in the Funkcaserhe Visa Station.
She is survived by two nieces, Carol Drescher of Mansfield Center, Conn. and New Harbor and Mary Conery of Englewood, Fla., and their respective families.
A private memorial is planned.
Those wishing to remember her may make a donation to Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 100 Warren Circle, Storrs, CT 06268.