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Francis Burton Doyle ’71 was born and raised in San Francisco. He attended St. Anne and St. Stephen schools and graduated from Archbishop Riordan High School in 1967. He received a B.A. in history from SCU in 1971, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a LL.M. in taxation from Golden Gate University. The founding partner of WealthPLAN, Frank was an estate and trust attorney whose practice touched the lives of many families and local charities. He was past president of Santa Clara County Estate Planning Council, served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Notre Dame High School. He also helped found and grow the SCU Jerry A. Kasner Estate Planning Symposium and taught Wills and Trusts at Lincoln Law School for almost 25 years, receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award last spring. Frank worked hard, but he also led a rich life outside of work. He loved to read and write, and he honed his craft by taking writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. He was interested in history, politics, and social justice and always enjoyed lively conversation with friends and colleagues. He was an avid golfer who frequently woke early to drive up to play at the Olympic Club, where he was a member for over 50 years. He was famous in his family for a hole-in-one on the 17th hole on the Ocean Course on Mother’s Day in 1993. Frank was a strong supporter of Catholic education and proud that all three of his children graduated from Catholic elementary and high schools and Jesuit universities, just as he had done. On Sept. 15, 2017, he died peacefully at his San Jose home due to stomach cancer. He was the beloved husband of Nancy Fahrner Doyle ’72; loving father of Megan Eileen Doyle (Kevin Iadonato), John Francis Doyle (Laura), and Colleen Doyle Kendrick (Jeffry); much-loved “Papa Bear” of Eleanor Rose and Clare Elizabeth Doyle, Mario Francis Iadonato, and Cora Jane Kendrick; and admired oldest brother of Gerald James Doyle, Richard Doyle, and the late Joseph Charles Doyle.