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Fran O'Byrne Pelham, American writer, teacher. Certified secondary teacher. Recipient Citation Mayor's Commission, 1988.


Pelham, Fran O'Byrne was born on October 16, 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Frederick Thomas and Frances Rebecca (Johns) O'Byrne.


Bachelor, Holy Family College, 1967; Master in English Education, Trenton College, 1974; Doctor of Education, University of Pennsylvania, 1993.


Teacher, School District Bristol (Pennsylvania) Township, 1967-1970; feature writer, various publications, Philadelphia and others, since 1980; professor, director Writing Center, Holy Family College, Philadelphia, 1982-1989; assistant professor literature and writing, LaSalle U., Philadelphia, 1989-1993; assistant professor literature and writing, Beaver College, Glenside, Pennsylvania, since 1994; director technical communications, International Chemical Company, Philadelphia, 1985-1990. Speaker, workshop leader various organizations.


  • Certified secondary teacher.


Participant Jenkintown Arts Festival, 1984, Campus Ministry Team HolyFamily College, Philadelphia, 1986-1989, Alliance for a Living Ocean, since 1991, Philadelphia Children's Reading Roundtable, Authors Guild, Francisan Adult School Board, 1995, A Non-denominational Cmty. Harvesting Our Resources, Support Police Immediate Response Intervention Team. Board directors University of Pennsylvania Education Alumni Association.

Member American Association of University Women, National Council Teachers England, American Conference Irish Studies, National League American Pen Women (branch president 1982-1984), Philadelphia Writers' Conference (board directors 1982-1986), Pi Lambda Theta, Lambda Iota Tau, Phi Delta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: scuba diving, tennis, boating, traveling.


Married Donald Lacey Pelham, June 15, 1968. Children: Mary Frances, Michael.

Frederick Thomas O'Byrne

Frances Rebecca (Johns) O'Byrne

Donald Lacey Pelham

Mary Frances Pelham

Michael Pelham