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Richardson's first woman president in 1976

Apple Computer was formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The Eagles release Hotel California. The median household income was $16K and gallon of gas was $.59.

Jimmy Carter was elected president of the US, and Frances Powell was chosen president of the Richardson Chamber. The first woman.

Mrs. Powell, a realtor owning Frances Powell’s Gallery of Homes with offices in Richardson, in Dallas on Coit and in Plano on 15th street, had long been a leader in the chamber. She was a member of local, state, and national realtor associations. 

She was a past director of the Dallas Board of Realtors and the Texas Association of Realtors. She was a past Director at Canyon Creek National Bank.

In 1976, the chamber offices were still on Main Street, where the new Afrah building is.

Interesting developments during Powell’s tenure, Blue Cross Blue Shield purchased the old Cook’s Department Store, 109K sq ft at Spring Valley and Central Expressway—what is the Fossil headquarters today.

The Texas Highway Commission finally began having hearings about a east-west highway serving the north side of Richardson, a particular project of the chamber since 1962. That highway is now known as President George Bush Turnpike.

 Mrs. Powell handed off the gavel to the next chair, Earnest Randall, who continued to attend board meetings up until a few years ago, when he passed.

Frances retired from realtor life in 1982. She died July 25, 2008.

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