Loring, Frances Norma

 Frances Norma Loring, sculptor (b at Wardner, Idaho 14 Oct 1887; d at Newmarket, Ont 5 Feb 1968). From the time she settled in Canada in 1913 she worked tirelessly, both in the development of her own work and in fostering a climate that made sculpture possible for others. She had first studied sculpture in Geneva, Munich and Paris 1901-06. A fascinating, compelling personality of keen intelligence and warm understanding, she assailed public and official indifference to SCULPTURE as a founding member of the Sculptors' Society of Canada and a chief organizer of the Federation of Canadian Artists and the National Arts Council.

For over 50 years she shared studio quarters with fellow sculptor Florence WYLE in a converted Toronto church that was widely considered the salon of Canada's art world. Her own work was architectural in nature, and among her best-known public monuments were the lion formerly situated at the Toronto entrance to Queen Elizabeth Highway, and war memorials at St Stephen, NB, and Galt, Ont.