Story County


Frances Alta Bartlett Kinne


Frances Alta (Fran) Bartlett Kinne was born May 23, 1917 to Charles Morton and Bertha Olson Bartlett. She died May 10, 2020 and is buried in Story City Cemetery, Story City, IA.

Dr. Kinne served as a music consultant for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff in Tokyo. During World War II, she became a U.S. Army hostess and took charge of providing entertainment for as many as 70,000 GIs.

After the war she became Chief of Recreation at the VA Center in Wadsworth, KS. She was married to Col. Harry Loveland Kinne, Jr. and after his death she married Col. Marcello Worthington “Wordy” Bordley, Jr.

She had a PhD in Music as the first American woman to earn a doctorate at the University of Frankfurt. She became the first woman President of a Florida College (Jacksonville University) and later became Chancellor and Chancellor Emeritus there.