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Frances Armstrong Bioletti
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Birth: Jul. 31, 1916
Evanston
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Mar. 3, 1998
Portola Valley
San Mateo County
California, USA

Frances Armstrong Bioletti
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Saturday, March 7, 1998

Author: Torri Minton

Frances Armstrong Bioletti, a professional sailor until she was 75, died on Tuesday at her Portola Valley home.

Mrs. Bioletti, who was 81, had pancreatic cancer.

She became a professional sailor on the international yachting circuit about 20 years ago, participating in races between Hawaii, Tahiti and the West Coast.

Mrs. Bioletti was also a writer, lecturer and gourmet cook, giving seminars at the University of California at Los Angeles on ``provisioning'' -- food planning she perfected for long boat trips.

She wrote for such publications as The Chronicle in the 1940s and 1950s, the Chicago Evening News, the Evanston News Index and national yachting magazines.

Born in Evanston, Ill., in 1916, Mrs. Bioletti was the great granddaughter of Roswell B. Mason, Chicago's mayor during the great fire.

Mrs. Bioletti graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1938 and worked for the Council of Foreign Relations,

From 1942 until she married in 1945, Mrs. Bioletti worked in San Francisco at the Office of War Information.

Mrs. Bioletti was a member of both the Daughters of the American Revolution and, briefly, the Communist Party. She was married for 26 years to Carlton Bioletti.

After their divorce in 1971, Mrs. Bioletti became curator of the India-Pakistan Salon at Stanford University's Hoover Library.

Her mother, Edith Huntington Mason, wrote three novels and the book ``The Mason Children,'' about growing up with 12 brothers and sisters in Chicago.

Mrs. Bioletti's family had many associations with Hawaii. Her grandfather, William Armstrong, was also an author, and served as prime minister to King Kalakaua, the last king of the Hawaiian islands.

Mrs. Bioletti is survived by her sister, Nancy Armstrong, of Hamburg, Germany; and three nieces, Camilla Jacobs; Ellen McPherson and Priscilla McPherson-Phillips, all of the Washington, D.C., area. 
 
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Created by: Linda Carole Mustion
Record added: Apr 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68241775
 


- Linda Carole Mustion
 Added: Apr. 11, 2011
 
 
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