Frances Mae Kubitz Crater was born July 12, 1941. She graduated in 1963 from the College of William and Mary (A.B) with a major in Greek language and history. In 1974 she received a Master of Management degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Throughout her school career she was an advocate for women’s rights, an avocation she carried into her adulthood with her participation in organizations that worked for equality.
From 1969 until 1974 she worked for NOW, a civil rights organization dedicated to bringing women into the mainstream of society. She founded the Nashville Chapter of NOW in 1971, published the monthly newsletter, served as public spokesperson, and held responsibilities for lobbying the State Legislature for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. These papers contain materials on NOW Nashville’s creation and document Crater’s important and dedicated longtime participation in the group.
Fran Crater’s professional life has included being a mental health administrator, Director of Disability Determination Services (DDS) for the state of Tennessee, and more recently a grant writing consultant and coordinator for Centerstone Community Mental Health Centers in Nashville. She is married and has two children.