The Union Station Conductors Association are the volunteers that man the museums and gift shop. Thanks to their generous sharing of time and talents the Museums and Gift Shop run like clockwork. To volunteer contact Becky at 801-510-3294 or email her at email@example.com
MEET THE CONDUCTORS
Frances Gibson was born in Junction, Texas, on September 28, 1936, daughter of a German father and an Italian/Mexican mother. At the age of seven she moved with her family to Southern California, living there until six years ago, when she moved to Ogden, Utah.
At the age of seven, Frances started modeling children’s clothes and she continued in this job through her late 20’s; modeling hats, jewelry, ladies’ tops, and shoes as well as working as a hair dresser’s model.
Frances lifelong work was as a Registered Nurse. She worked in this profession for thirty-two years in California and as well as working as a Paralegal for ten years. As a Registered Nurse, she worked in Orthopedics, then in Urology. The last seven years of her Nursing career she worked with AIDS patients. As a Paralegal, she worked as a Medical Editor in a law firm. She also worked on personal injury and wrongful death cases.
She started volunteering at the age of seven. An elderly widow in her neighborhood had arthritic hands and could not address her Christmas cards, so she did it for her, and she would run errands for her. She has volunteered in one capacity or another ever since.
Frances volunteered for forty years with the American Red Cross. As a volunteer she taught CPR and First Aid (both in English and Spanish), ran First Aid stations at various affairs, did Public Service Announcements (both in English and Spanish) on radio and television, did interpreting and translating, and served on their Board of Directors for two separate terms; a total of eight years.
She has been awarded many awards and certificates by the American Red Cross, including The Spot Light Award (twice). Frances was awarded the highly coveted Clara Barton Award, a national award.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from California State University at Los Angeles in 1977, and earned her teaching credential the following year. She is also fluent in Italian, French and semi fluent in Japanese.
Frances has proudly used her Spanish in many ways. When volunteering for the American Red Cross she taught Spanish to the staff and volunteers. She authored a book, “Spanish for English-Speaking Workers” in 1960. It was published by the American Red Cross. When she was in college, she worked as a Court Interpreter (English/Spanish, Spanish/English) for the Los Angeles County court system. She has interpreted and translated for several firms in Ogden. While in Los Angeles she had her own television show, “You and Your Health” the entire show was done in Spanish.
Frances lives with Margie, her very spoiled Chocolate Pointe Siamese cat. Her hobbies include gardening, crafting, and reading. Her favorite color is red.
Frances has never forgotten how fortunate she is to volunteer at the Union Station. She states that she learns a lot every day and meets the most interesting people! She feels she has been richly blessed all of her life.
Richard Couturier was born in the old Dee hospital in Ogden, Utah in February of 1938. Two weeks later his mother took him by train to his home in Montello, Nevada. His Dad was a Locomotive Engineer working with the helper engines there. Richard lived in Montello for six years until his Dad got a job on the main line between Ogden and Carlin, Nevada.
He went to school in Ogden graduating from Ogden High school in 1956 and Weber State in 1959. Richard hired as a brakeman in 1959. He was a brakeman for the railroad before the introduction of air brakes. He was later promoted to Conductor in 1963. Richard word both freight and passenger trains, he also worked as a TBM (Train Baggage man). He says that he was lucky enough to work some of the great old Passenger trains, the Overland limited and The City of San Francisco to name a few.
Richard comes from a long line of railroad men. His grandfather was a Steam Engineer working for 43 years retiring in 1946. Richard’s father was an Engineer of Steam and Diesel, working for 47 years, retiring in 1964. Richard work for 41 years and retired in 2000. We are proud to say he is one of our conductors at Union Station. His conductor uniform hangs proudly in our Railroad Museum.