Frances Gunn

ImageFrances Abbott, later Gunn, and Bob Wright in Winnipeg in 1950

 

Frances Eileen (née Abbott) Gunn

Born: 1932 (Winnipeg)
Died: February 3, 2014 (Vancouver)

 

Frances Gunn won a figure skating national championship in ice dancing with partner David Ross in 1953. She later served as a judge at the world figure skating championships in 1967 (Vienna), 1968 (Geneva, Switzerland) and 1973 (Bratislava, Czechoslovakia).

ImageA student at the University of Manitoba, where she would graduate with a degree in dietetics, she won the national ice-dancing crown at the Dominion championships in Ottawa on March 1, 1953. She and Ross, who were partnered at the Winnipeg Winter Club, scored better than runners-up Patty Lou and George Montgomery.

The Abbott-Gunn pair also came second in the waltz to Frances Dafoe and Norris Bowden of Toronto, who had just returned from a second-place finish in the pairs at the world figure skating championships at Davos, Switzerland. , an innovative and dramatic pair who won four Canadian titles and two world championships, as well as a silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics.

She worked as a dietitian in Minneapolis, Toronto, Bermuda and at Winnipeg General Hospital.

ImageFrances Abbott (later Gunn) (left) with Joan Bergman in 1950

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Mary Trimble (left) with Frances Aboott (later Gunn)

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