Frances Deborah Katz, 60, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Boston, NYC and Leominster, died Sept. 14. Born in Leominster, she was the daughter of the Harry and Matilda (Jaffe) Katz. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism and earned a masters’ degree in English and American literature at Harvard University. After graduate school, she was a staff writer at the Boston Herald, working in the features department covering television and culture. Moving to New York City, she worked for the New York Times’ earliest digital efforts, Cowles Media Daily, and MTV. Moving to Atlanta in 1998, working as a technology reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She later graduated from New England Law School of Boston, where she helped write the first edition of the Digital Media Law Guide as a clerk at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. She became a project attorney at the law firm of Alston & Bird. She returned to journalism, building out a successful freelance career focused on books, television, food, culture, and travel. Her work appeared in a wide range of publications, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Week, USA Today, Marie Claire, Redbook, and Roads & Kingdoms, Chowhound, and Lonely Planet News. She is survived by an aunt, Ethel Katz Abramoff of Worcester; and 17 cousins, Ruth Katz Berman of Worcester; Harriet Joseph Robbins of Worcester; David Chaifetz of Florida;  Robert Joseph of Sudbury; Jerome Katy of Florida; Richard Chaifetz of Maryland; Ruth, Gail, and Joseph Cohen of Eastham; Martha Katz-Hyman of Virginia; Daniel Joseph of Leominster; Barbara Abramoff Levey of North Carolina; Judith Katz of Rhode Island; Lawrence Abramoff of Worcester;  David Abramoff of Colorado; Debra Abramoff Brooks of Marblehead; and Robert, Richard and Raymond Perlman. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Agudat Achim, 268 Washington St., Leominster, MA 01453; or to Rachel’s Table, 633 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. RICHARD PERLMAN OF MILES FUNERAL HOME OF HOLDEN


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