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Name: Elizabeth (Beth) Franke

Age and place of birth: 51, St. Louis, Mo.

Family: Tim Franke, Urban Design/Planner, landscape architect; Emily Franke, graduate student at Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government; Brian Franke: sophomore at Texas A&M University, studying construction science and business; Nat Franke: senior Westlake High School, Texas A&M University-bound next fall; Flash, 10-year-old black Lab, lays around the house all day; and Regan, 3-year-old Wheaton terrier, terrorizes the black Lab all day.11 chat Elizabeth Franke

Education: Bachelor of environmental design, Texas A&M University; master’s degree in architecture, University of Texas.

Occupation: Mom and architect.

What is the latest project in which you are involved? I am helping chair Project Graduation 2013 and am very excited about our newest upcoming fundraiser, Do Good. Shop the Hood, on Saturday, April 13. More than 20 of our favorite Westbank Businesses will be donating a portion of their sales on that day to PG13. Just mention Project Graduation when you check out. You can find a complete list of the participating business on the Project Graduation website at westlakepg.com.

Hobbies: Learning to do something I never learned as a kid. Recently I have learned to wake surf and ski, both water and snow. (Not very well mind you, but I was up.)

The one thing I’d like to change about the Westbank is: If I were queen of the Westbank, I would create wide separated hike and bike paths along each side of Westlake Drive and create interconnected paths throughout the community to allow walkers/bikers to travel safely throughout our community. Short of that, I would make it illegal to bike on Westlake Drive. Good grief.

Which of your civic-oriented accomplishments make you the proudest? Seeing many of the young men who were Cub Scouts when I was den mother finally earn their Eagle Scout Rank. It is a long journey and a great accomplishment, and I am so proud of each of them.

What is one interesting fact about you that people probably don’t know? I wore braces on my teeth from sixth grade through high school.

What is your fondest childhood memory? Riding home on the shoulders of my father after our neighborhood Fourth of July fireworks celebration or going to the Muni Opera in Forest Park in St. Louis to see old Broadway musical productions, and sitting in the ‘free seats’ under the stars.

If the world were silent for 20 seconds and all ears were turned to you, what would you say? Love is enough; love conquers all. Our capacity to love is the greatest gift we have been given, and please Shop the Hood on Saturday, April 13.

My pet peeve is: People spitting on the sidewalk or anywhere. Don’t even get me started on that one.

My most humorous moment was: The time our dog got out of the invisible fence, and I took his collar off to bring him back into the yard, but forgot I was still holding his collar in my hand. You can imagine my reaction.

Most exciting or dangerous thing I’ve ever done: Probably SCUBA diving, like Jerry Seinfeld jokes, it is a sporting activity where your main goal is to not die.

Life’s most challenging endeavor is: Parenting, hands down, no question about it.

If you were stranded on an uninhabited island, with no means of communication or escape, what is one thing that you would you like to have? Ketchup.

How would you like to be remembered? I just want to be remembered; that would be enough for me.
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