Events and Programs

Local Author Book Reading - She Looked to the Sky by Francie Nolde



Date: Wednesday, December 7th

Time: 7:00 PM

Come hear local author Francie Nolde as she reads from her book: She Looked to the Sky (2022) at the library!

A little blurb: 

She dreamed of becoming an opera star. She did perform in a Gershwin musical with Fred Astaire, and she did become the star of a 1930s radio serial. But after Frannie married a wealthy textile manufacturer and became the mother of seven children on his Pennsylvania estate, she looked to the sky.

Frances Dean Wilcox Nolde became a pioneer pilot, World War II Civil Air Patrol (CAP) commander, winner of an early transcontinental all-women’s air race, and eventually a colonel in the CAP in charge of the women’s division. After moving to Washington, she became responsible for planning how America’s civilian airplanes would defend the country should the Cold War become hot.

A glamourous, ambitious proponent of women aviators, Frannie challenged male dominance at a time when home, career, motherhood, and personal success created both joy and trials in her life and the lives of those she loved. Her public life demonstrated her capabilities while her personal life revealed her flaws.

In She Looked to the Sky, her youngest child, Frances Dean Nolde, tells her mother’s story - and her own.

About the author:

Frances Dean Nolde never learned to fly, but the influence of her mother finally pushed her to share her memories and the stories of her mother’s life, with the hope they will motivate other women to fly, literally and figuratively. Francie has spent her life as a teacher, proponent of coeducation, businesswoman, licensed marriage and family therapist, bereavement counsellor, end-of-life doula, and currently chairs her town’s sustainability committee as an activist combatting global warming. She continues her studies of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, and spends as much time as she can keeping ties to her two daughters, five grand children, stepchildren, and step-grandchildren. She lives with her husband and editor of her book, Hugh Fortmiller, in their 1760 home west of Boston.