Frances Maxon Huxley of Woods Hole died November 5 after a short illness. She was 92.
The daughter of Glenway and Frances Moroney Maxon, she was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While in high school, she took voice lessons with the metropolitan opera star Phyllis Curtin.
She received a full scholarship to Wellesley College in 1947, where she majored in English Literature and Music. While at Wellesley she participated in various choir groups and athletics, and was a founding member of the Tupelos a cappella singing group.
In 1950 she married William J. Fripp II, who attended Harvard College. In 1951 she gave birth to her first child and graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College. In 1952 she and her family moved to Wisconsin. In 1959 the family moved to Concord.
While in Concord, she completed graduate studies at Brandeis University and obtained teaching certificates and taught at Concord-Carlisle High School. She also performed in several plays with the Concord Players, including the “Wizard of Oz,” and “Little Women,” where she played Meg.
After separation from her husband, she met Hugh E. Huxley. In 1966 she moved with her three children to Cambridge, England, where Dr. Huxley was a researcher at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology. They shared a love of culture, arts, sailing, skiing and travel.
While in Cambridge, she pursued further studies in French, German, English as a second language, music, and computer science. She was also deeply involved in the theater arts community in Cambridge, where she directed “The Heiress,” “The Learned Ladies,” and “The Crucible,” among other works.
They lived many summers in Woods Hole, where Dr. Huxley taught at the Marine Biological Laboratory. They built a house on Lawrence Farm Road that would become the center of family summers for decades to come.
The family returned to Concord in 1987 when Dr. Huxley accepted the post of director of the Rosenstiel Center for Basic Medical Research at Brandeis University. In the following years, she continued her literary, linguistic, musical, theater, and playwriting interests, as well as a range of athletics, including figure skating, skiing, swimming and sailing. She pursued her interest in the theater arts at Brandeis University, as well as the Woods Hole Theater Company, and wrote several plays that won awards.
Following Dr. Huxley’s death in 2013, she moved to Falmouth. She swam at Nobska Beach regularly up to the fall of 2020.
She leaves her children, William J. Fripp III, Glenway M. Fripp, Amy J. Fripp, and Olwen Huxley; grandson Glenway Maxon Fripp Jr.; two great-grandchildren, and a sister Elizabeth M. Medwadowski of Oakland, California. She was predeceased by a brother, Glenway Maxon in 2014.
There will be a private family ceremony, and there will be a remembrance scheduled for the summer of 2022.