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Ducks fandom: WWII interrupted her schooling, but her passion continues

Self-described “rabid” Oregon Ducks fan Fran Walston, who lives in a King City retirement home apartment, has been a devoted follower since 1941, when she enrolled at the University of Oregon to become a music teacher.FRAN WALSTON

By the end of her first year of college, the United Staes had entered World War II, and Walston got a job making B-24 bombers in San Diego, Calif.

She was making so much money that she never went back to school.

She joined the Navy in 1944, worked at Naval Air Station Alameda and sang with a Navy trio called Three Shades of Blue until retiring in 1946.

She married, had five children and worked in public education in Lake Oswego for 20 years.

At her 91st birthday party on Aug. 11, 2014, at her daughter’s Eugene home, two University of Oregon representatives presented her with a framed certificate recognizing her as an honorary alumna “in celebration of her love of music, her service to her country in the U.S. Navy and her unwavering loyalty to the Ducks.”