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Frances Tompson Rutter, American publisher.


Rutter, Frances Tompson was born on April 12, 1920 in Arlington, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Harold F. and Mildred F. (Wheeler) Tompson.


AB magna cum laude, Pembroke College, Brown University, 1941. Postgraduate, Mount Holyoke College, 1942—1943.


Reserve book librarian, Brown U., 1941-1942; annotator ship's papers, John Carter Brown Library, Providence, 1943-1944; librarian, Science Service, Washington, 1944-1945; partner, Shoe String Press, Hamden, Connecticut, 1952-1958; secretary, treasurer, Shoe String Press, Inc., 1958-1968; president, treasurer, Shoe String Press, Inc., 1968-1980; also board directors, Shoe String Press, Inc. secretary-treasurer, director, Tompson-Malone, Inc., book manufacturers, 1967-1980; president, treasurer, director, Tompson & Rutter, Inc., 1980-1989.


Vice president class 1941 Pembroke College, 1967-1973, 76-91, president, 1973-1976, head class agent, 1979-1985, bequests and trust chairman, 1979-1990, 40th reunion gift committee, 1980, co-chair 50th reunion gift committee, 1990-1991, 55th reunion gift committee, 1995-1996, 65th reunion gift committee, 2006. Special projects advisory panel New Hampshire Commission on Arts, 1980-1984. Member natural resources committee Grantham, 1980.

Member Grantham Planning Board, 1981-1987, secretary, 1981-1983, chairman, 1985-1987. Chairman Grantham Recycling Committee, 1988-1989, Grantham History Society, 1992-1996, Habitat for Humanity-Kearsarge/Sunapee chapter, 1989-1994. Member Diocesan Altar Guild Board, 1990-1993, secretary, 1991-1992.

Volunteer Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 1991-2003. Member vestry St. Paul's Episcopalian Church, 1997-2008, junior warden, 1998-2000, Christ Church Episcopal, 2008-2010. Associate Holy Cross Monastery, West Park, New York.

Member American Civil Liberties Union (life), League of Women Voters (editor newsletter 1987-1989), Associate Alumni Brown University (board directors 1981-1983), Nicholas Brown Society, Pembroke Center Associates (council 1984-1986), Sierra Club, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married John H. Ottemiller, March 24, 1943. Children: Joan Tompson Gillum, John Tompson Ottemiller. Married William D. Rutter, October 26, 1970.

Harold F. Tompson

Mildred F. (Wheeler) Tompson

John H. Ottemiller

William D. Rutter

John Tompson Ottemiller Rutter

Joan Tompson Gillum Rutter