Mrs. Randolph Arnold Aufranc

November 1, 1908May 12, 2011

AUFRANC, Randolph Arnold of Needham, MA., formerly of Wellesley, MA passed away on May 12, 2011 at the age of 102. She was born in Lynchburg, VA and was a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman’s College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her graduate work in art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia twice won her awards to study in Europe. She became head of the Art Department at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia and pursued a career primarily in portraiture but also produced many landscapes in oil and watercolor and illustrations in pen and ink. She studied at Harvard on a Carnegie Fellowship. Her works are in many private and public collections. Wife of the late Dr. Otto E. Aufranc, an orthopedic surgeon known for his innovative techniques and contributions in hip surgery. Mother of Dr. St. George Tucker Aufranc and the late Otto William Randolph Aufranc. Grandmother of Lisa Wescott Sharples, Dr. St. George Tucker Aufranc II and Kaarina Elizabeth Aufranc. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Daughter of the late Professor B. W. Arnold and Mary (Jackson) Arnold. Randolph was a long –standing resident of Wellesley and a member of Pi Beta Pi Sorority, the D.A.R. , the Wellesley Garden Club, and the Wellesley Country Club (where she played golf well into her 80’s). She volunteered at the Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Baptist Hospital, Wellesley Community Center and the Wellesley Library. After moving to North Hill in Needham in her early 90’s she stayed busy writing and illustrating articles for the North Hill News and read at least a book a day. She had a flair for a good story and relished her southern heritage as only a Virginian can. Services are private. A celebration of her life, open to family and friends, will be held at the Wellesley Country Club, 300 Wellesley Ave., Wellesley Thurs. May 19 at 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Randy may be made to the Wellesley Free Library, 530 Washington St., Wellesley MA 02482 or online


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mrs. Randolph Arnold Aufranc

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Kevin Kerr

May 19, 2011

I will never forget your mom. how could i? i have never known anyone like her, a sentiment i would imagine is true for everyone she ever met. the enthusiasm! the interest she would show! the encouragement! i remember many times sitting with her in the kitchen (after an hour or two moving boulders around in the garden, dripping with sweat) on allen road. she made me understand how much she cared about whatever i was doing. no matter how long would go by without seeing her, she was involved in my life. her memory will never leave me.

Paula Phillips

May 16, 2011

Tucker - my deepest condolences on the loss of Aunt Randoph! My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family during this time. I am fortunate to have one of Aunt Randolph's paintings hanging in my bedroom where I can see each morning; I always smile and think of her, and of Aunt Ethel who left me the painting. My heart goes out to you for this loss of a great woman!

Paula A. Phillips (daughter of MaryJo Aufranc Phillips)

Michael Ketchum

May 16, 2011

Lisa, my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your grandmother. She seems to have been a force to be reckoned with and quite accomplished. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Kate and Bill Wunner

May 15, 2011

What a life of accomplishment Randy had. May she rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Aufrancs.