Through the friendship of Phillip and Jean Lersch, became acquainted with the special appeal of Ashland University. An Ohio native from the Cincinnati and Columbus areas, it is doubtful she ever set foot on the campus and probably only heard about it from the Lerschs. However, this professional opera performer who gave up her career to care for family members developed a special caring for her music students, up to eighty at one time. And, she was never able to turn down a request to help children who had special needs. Because of her friendship with Ashland alumni, Ms. French grew to care for the University and its mission, naming it a significant beneficiary of her estate. A visiting music artist series has been funded and named in her honor.