Fran began her career with Bonanza in Las Vegas in 1955 working in payroll. When BL moved their corporate headquarters from LAS to PHX in 1966, Fran and husband Nat moved right along with them. Fran was Executive Assistant to Bob Sherer, VP of Finance for BL. Then in 1968 with the formation of "Air West," Fran and Nat were on the move again, this time to the new corporate location for Air West in San Mateo. Fran continued working with Bob until his departure in 1970. About that time, the Hughes organization (Summa Corp) purchased Air West and named Irv Tague as the new General Manager. Fran was named Irv's Executive Secretary. In 1974 when the international headquarters left downtown San Mateo for the beautiful new facility on Clearview Way, she began working for Ron Carlson, VP of Industrial Relations, a position she held until retiring in 1981.
Fran was a wonderful person who genuinely cared about her fellow employees and the airline she worked for. She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and had a stare that could drop you in your tracks if you got out of line in the hallowed halls of the "head shed." (Not that we ever did that!) Always the consummate professional, Fran was extremely helpful to us in our efforts to keep the Employee's Clubs of RW moving forward. She and Nat were always present at the annual Christmas Party and the Company Picnics.
Here is Fran's obituary that appeared in the Las Vegas Review Journal on April 22, 2008. Please take a moment to click on the link at the bottom to register your thoughts in Fran's "Memorial Book."
"Frances G. Scheinbaum, 90, a Las Vegas resident since 1949, passed away April 18, 2008. Born in New York City, to the late Abraham and Miriam Geist, she moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19, where she met the love of her life, Nat Scheinbaum and they would spend the last 72 years of her life together. Frances spent 26 years in the airline industry, beginning with Bonanza Airlines, as an executive administrative assistant before retiring in 1981. She was an avid golfer and bowler. Frances was preceded in death by her beloved brothers, Sheldon and George Geist; and son, Mort. She is survived by her loving husband, of 66 years, Nat; beloved daughters, Rita (Bud) Hirshberg of San Antonio, and Barbara (Doug Stroinski) Saunders of Henderson; loving son, Jay (Arlys) Scheinbaum of Henderson; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 Eldorado Lane. Burial will be in the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association.".