Frances Elaine Rosenthal Kallison
Values Codes: I-E-L-P
Frances Rosenthal was born in 1908, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Frances Rosenthal earned her Master’s Degree in Biblical Archeology from Trinity University in San Antonio.
Her thesis project was called 100 Years of Jewry in San Antonio, TX.
Frances Rosenthal Kallison helped found the San Antonio Visiting Nurses Association.
She was a member of the San Antonio Conservation Society.
In 1948, she served as the Captain of the Bexar County Women’s Sheriff’s Posse.
In 1976, Kallison was commended by the Commissioners Court of Bexar County. She was named a “Hidalgo.”
Kallison founded the Happy Hours Preschool for blind children.
She also organized school supplies and clothes for poor children so that they could start the school year with their educational necessities covered.
Frances Rosenthal Kallison was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women in San Antonio. She served as President of the local chapter and was Regional Director of the NCJW in the 1940s.
Francis Rothenthal Kallison was a founding member of the Brandeis Women’s Committee, both locally and nationally.
Kallison was a member of the American Jewish Historical Society. She was appointed to the board in 1966 and wrote many articles for the AJHS.
Frances Rosenthal Kallison founded the Texas Jewish Historical Society. She served as its second President.
She was also a member of the Southern Jewish Historical Society.
In 1931, Frances Rosenthal married Perry Kallison.
They had three children: Maryann, Perry M. “Pete” and Frances Ray “Bobbi.”
Frances Rosenthal Kallison died in 2004 in San Antonio.
Perry Kallison died in 1999 in San Antonio.
They are buried at the Temple Beth El Cemetery in San Antonio.
In 2002, the Government Canyon State National Area expanded to include 1,161 acres of the Kallison Ranch due to the ranch’s location above the recharge zone of the Edwards Aquifer.
For more information, see this issue of Western States Jewish History:
- Weiner, Hollace Ava. “Frances Rosenthal Kallison 1908-2004: Texas Cowgirl with a Jewish Conscience.” Western States Jewish History. Fall 2015; 48 (1): 3-25.
- Kotz, Nick. The Harness Maker’s Dream: Nathan Kallison and the Rise of South Texas. Fort Work, TX: Texas Christian University Press, 2013. Print.
Samantha Silver is Curator for this Frances Rosenthal Kallison exhibit.
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