Francis Robert Baden-Powell
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Francis Robert Baden-Powell was born 16 September 1929, the son of Donald Ferlys Wilson Baden-Powell and Jane nee Duncan. His father's father was Sir George Smyth Baden-Powell, who died when Donald was only a year old. Sir George's brother, Robert B-P became very much a father-figure to Donald.
Francis married Charlotte (Elizabeth) nee Neave, who was trained at the Architectural Association in London. She practiced architecture for over 40 years, and wrote "The Architect's Pocket Book", published in 1997. Francis and Charlotte had two sons, Toby and Edward. They divorced, and he married Cherry.
Francis graduated as M.A. and became an architect, AA Dipl RIBA, and wrote "Building Overseas", published by Butterworth Architecture on 14 Dec 1992 as part of their series of Butterworth Architecture Management Guides
This book covers the process of design and execution of capital projects overseas. It describes the characteristics of work abroad, of clients and the need for association with local professionals; understanding of appropriate design and technology; marketing and setting up to work overseas; design team composition and work location; importance of people, language and communications; finance, cash-flow, accounts; exchange control, insurance and taxation; local legal system and requirements; contracts; implications for staff.
In 1950 Francis was elected a member of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, of which he was Master in 1993. He arranged a celebratory lunch which was held in Mercers' Hall on 6 May 1994, attended by a large number of the POWELL family, similar to the one given by the Mercers' Company to B-P after the Siege of Mafeking
In 1991 Francis became a Director at Second Mercer Trustee Limited. He was a Director of and Consultant architect to Gresham College from 8 December 1994 to 26 November 2003; and to Carboard Citizens from 28 October 1994 to 25 May 2004; and to Acon Investments Ltd. from 11 September 1992 to 14 September 1994. In total, Francis held six directorships,
Francis died in Lewes, Sussex, on 11 May 2004; a Memorial Service was held in the Chapel at Mercers' Hall.