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Mrs. Frances Fotini Chamberlain

Obituary for Mrs. Frances Fotini Chamberlain

February 15, 1947 - July 2, 2020
Boulder, Colorado | Age 73


Frances Fotini Chamberlain, age 73, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Boulder, Colorado, at the home of lifelong family friend and honorary sister, Sally Lasater, and under the care of Trail Winds Hospice. Always one to make an entrance, she was born February 15, 1947, during the Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, LA.

Frances is preceded in death by her husband, Marion F. Craig; parents Magdalene A. Flannery (William W. Flannery), Ernest Couloheras and J. Barclay Chamberlain; her sister, Louise B. Jimenez; her aunt Eula Anthony; her uncle Dan Anthony; and her cousin, George J. Carson.

She is survived by her sister Georgia Chamberlain (John F. Foulkrod); nieces Olivia C. Foulkrod , Catherine C. Foulkrod, and Andrea Jimenez; nephew J. Barclay Jimenez; several grandnieces; a grandnephew; numerous cousins; many students and colleagues; and her beloved Clemson University Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture Class of 1995, including Naomi Cottrell, Susan Faris Cannella, Ashley Kyber, Kevin Mason, Rob Moehring, Walt Ray and Stacey Wright Wons.

An accomplished artist and landscape architect, Frances was a Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at Clemson University. She earned a BA from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1970 and an MLA from the University of Virginia in 1980. Her career began at a small landscape architecture firm in New York City, then in 1989 she went to South Carolina where she helped launch Clemson University's Landscape Architecture program. Frances partnered with the South Carolina Botanical Garden to help host the "Nature-Based Sculpture Program". She and her students worked with environmental artists from around the world who were invited to the garden to design and build on-site works of ephemeral art from natural materials. Her work with this program beautifully illustrates her special interest in the artistic aspects of her chosen profession of landscape architecture.

"You are an inspiration, and maybe the first professor to show me it was okay not to be profound every time, but that caring and perseverance will bring integrity to the work. We are all thinking of you and sending lots of love," wrote her student, Elena Soto Jervis.

"You have given all of your students such an incredible gift. Your legacy lives on in us and in our creative endeavors and way of looking at the world," added her student, Naomi Cottrell.

Frances was cherished by friends for her magical thinking, fascinating wealth of knowledge and charming company. "The world is going to be a little more boring without Frances and her lively mind," said long-time friend Anne Goyer. Always keen to play a game (and of course, win!), Frances loved playing Boggle, Rummicub, Bridge and Mah Jongg.

If you would like to honor her memory, stand up for what you believe is fair and true. Be grateful and always thank people. Giggle. Play games. Learn from nature. Marvel at beauty. And always stop to admire the flowers.

Details on the celebration of Frances's life:

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020
10:00 AM

FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020
11:00 AM


Due to social distancing measures, you are encouraged to attend the funeral online via livestream. (Visit, then click on LIVE STREAMING in red box on top right of the webpage).

Interment will follow at Mission South Burial Park at approximately 1 pm.

In-lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clemson University. Please direct your gift to the Frances Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Gifts may be made online at, by phone at (864) 656-5896 or by mail:
Clemson University
Annual Giving Office
110 Daniel Drive
Clemson, SC 29631

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