Fran Norris Scoble
Fran Norris Scoble was the head of Westridge School for 18 years, from 1990 until her retirement in 2008. During her tenure as head, she knew scattered facts about Mary Lowther Ranney, but realized as the 100-year history was being compiled that she really knew very little about the woman who founded the school. That set her on a quest to learn all that she could about the founder, who was both a refined, conservative Episcopalian from Chicago and a suffragist with a very progressive view of education, art, and architecture. There is still much about Mary Ranney we do not know—and likely will never know—but this slender book reveals the sources of her courageous commitments and her paradoxical imagination; sensibilities that still today define the culture of Westridge School. In 2011, Fran Scoble was named chair of the Westridge Centennial Steering Committee. With assistance and support from many individuals, she has written this biography of Mary Ranney as well as the 100-year history of Westridge School.