Frances Feldman

Shortly after she renewed her driver's license for another five years, Frances Lomas Feldman died on Sept. 30 at the age of 95. Elegant, coiffed, intellectually engaged and living independently until her death, she defied all traditional stereotypes of aging. She shaped our understanding of social-welfare history in California and defined the new field of occupational social welfare in the West. For more than 50 years, she concentrated on the study of the social and psychological meaning of work and life.

A faculty member at the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California for 36 years, she remained...