GREENWICH, Conn. – Frances Marie Donovan, 83, of Greenwich, Conn., died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004. Fran was born in Houlton, daughter of Joseph A. and Mary Alice (O’Hare) Donovan. After graduating from the University of Maine in 1943, Fran served with the American Red Cross from 1944 to 1946 in the CBI (China/Burma/India) Theater of Operations and was stationed in China, first in Kunming and then in Tientsin. After the war, she was assistant to Bill Cunningham, then one of the leading columnists and sportswriters at the Boston Herald. In 1955, Ms. Donovan married Francis Christopher Donovan of Boston, Mass. After taking time off to raise her children, Ms. Donovan returned to the business world in the late 60’s and embarked on a highly successful real estate sales career in Hudson, Ohio, where she was affiliated with the firm of Smythe, Cramer & Co., Realtors. She retired with her husband to Seven Lakes, North Carolina in 1987, and following his death in 2002, moved to Greenwich, Conn. to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren. An avid sports fan her entire life, Fran was an accomplished athlete in her own right, and excelled at golf. She had many club championships to her name, including Oakley Country Club (Belmont, Mass.); Hudson Country Club (Hudson, Ohio) and Seven Lakes Golf Club (Seven Lakes, N.C.). Hudson Country Club honored her golf accomplishments in 1987 when it established the Donovan Cup, an annual match play tournament for 18-hole women golfers at the club. She was a loyal alumna of the University of Maine, and was immensely proud to have been honored in 2003 with that school’s Black Bear Award. She is survived by daughters, Anne Donovan Bodnar and Jeanne Donovan Fisher, and their husbands, both of New York City; her granddaughters, Katharine Donovan Bodnar and Mary Anne Donovan Bodnar. She is also survived by her sister, Alice Ann Poeppelmeier, of Kennebunk; her brother, Dr. James F. Donovan, also of Kennebunk; and her brother, Dr. Thomas J. Donovan of Manchester, Conn. In addition she is survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ms. Donovan’s memory to the Joseph A. and Mary A. Donovan Scholarship Fund, The University of Maine Foundation, Two Alumni Place, Orono, ME 04469. A celebration of Fran’s life will be scheduled in early 2005.