Vice Chair

Doris Francis holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and Social Gerontology and has taught at The New School, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and the University of North London where she was a Visiting Professor. She has published 5 books and many scholarly articles on topics ranging from London cemeteries as sites of memory and memorialization for different ethnic groups; the Alexander Girard Collection of amulets and milagros; the occupational folk art of retires; and older women, dress and identity. Her book, Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m 84?, was selected by Choice as an ‘outstanding academic book.’ While living in London, Francis did additional advanced degrees in horticulture and botany at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and in the conservation of historic parks, gardens and cemeteries at the Architectural Association. Today she raises highly endangered plants in her Santa Fe Greenhouse, tends her Persian gardens, and is a member of the IUCN Cycad Specialty Group. She has served on the Boards of the Farmers’ Market Institute, the SF Botanical Gardens, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. She is presently the Chair of the Cemetery Committee of the Jewish Community Council of Northern New Mexico and is also a Research Associate at the Museum of International Folk Art.