FRAN WALKER was a community theatre advocate. She began her love of theatre in Toccoa, Georgia, teaching elocution in the public schools. She often said, “If you can’t understand an actor, he or she should not be on stage.” She attended Georgia College for Women, graduating with a degree in theatre. Her work in community theatre started in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with the Vicksburg Little Theatre’s famous Riverboat Meller-Drammer, still being performed there today. From Mississippi, Fran moved to Pensacola where she worked with the Pensacola Little Theatre. She served in every capacity, from actor to director, from stagehand to board member. One of her proudest moments was the opening of the cultural center in Pensacola, transforming the historical Pensacola courthouse to a performing center, home of PLT. She had spearheaded the capital campaign for the funding of the venture. Fran began her work with FTC in the early 1970s. She was one of the first life members, and was treasurer for more than a decade. She was also active with the Southeastern Theatre Conference and was always willing to serve when called upon.