“He laughed easily and listened patiently” by Paula Locklair
I first met Frank Horton when I spent January Term 1972 of my Hollins College senior year at Old Salem and MESDA. Carolyn Weekly, then Curator of MESDA, bravely took on five of us. As a result of that intensive and wonderful month here, I was offered a job for the summer after graduation. With the exception of one school year in the MA graduate program at Oberlin College, I have been here ever since. Frank hired me. He was my true mentor and became a wise friend. It is not a cliché that he was the epitome of a gentleman and a scholar. There are many adjectives to describe Frank: considerate, focused, gentle, forthright, determined, clever, generous, visionary, curious, logical, kind, fun-loving. He laughed easily and listened patiently. I still miss him.
Paula Locklair, North Carolina
Vice President, Education
Old Salem Museums & Gardens