In Loving Memory of
May 1, 1940 - September 30, 2012
Nancy Potts-Frangul, accomplished Broadway costume designer passed away peacefully September 30th at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut. She was 72. A truly talented artist who used her maiden name, Nancy Potts professionally, she will be mourned by her husband of 42 years, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Finance at Sacred Heart University, Ramzi Frangul and her son, Nadhim "Nazz" Frangul.
Winner of numerous awards during her career, including four Tony Award nominations, Ms. Potts was a prolific and influential presence in American theater with over 50 productions to her credit. She is most noted for her costumes for the ground-breaking rock musical, Hair, her work as the principal designer for New York's APA Phoenix Repertory Company as well as her Tony nominated designs for one of American opera's quintessential productions, Porgy and Bess.
Nancy Potts was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Leonard and Maude Potts and was a resident of Fairfield, Connecticut since 1984. She was devoted to her family and was especially known for her gracious hospitality and delightful gourmet cooking. In addition, she contributed actively for many years to her community as the secretary of the board of directors of the condominium association where she lived.
In 2001, she came out of retirement to oversee the costumes for the revival of Porgy and Bess by the New York City Opera. The production, which used her original 1977 designs, was broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. She was preceded in death by her brother Leonard. In addition to her husband and son, Ms. Potts is survived by her brothers, Rich, Michael and Frank as well as her sister, Gloria Potts Snider.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Ave. in Bridgeport with V. Rev. Fr. George Alberts officiating. Funeral procession will meet just inside the main gate located at the corner of North Ave. and Dewey St. at 1:45 p.m.