Frances Walker Bassett Carnduff, 74, a retired area teacher who was a well known tennis player in the 1930s, died Saturday at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda. She had rheumatoid arthritis.
She won seven consecutive D.C women's doubles championships from 1927 to 1923 and won again in 1953. She won the City of Washington singles title in 1930.
Mrs. Carnduff won the D.C. Public Park's singles title in 1931, and the doubles title in 1933. She was named a charter member of the Washington Area Tennis Patrons' Hall of Frame in 1976.
She taught Latin in a number of Washington and Maryland schools before retiring in 1975. She spent the last 12 years of her teaching career as a foreign language teacher for elementary schools in the D.C. public shcool system.
Mrs. Carnduff was a native of Washington and a graduate of Central High School. She was a 1927 graduate of George Washington University.
She was the widow of Arthur W. Carnduff, a Washington teacher and attorney who died in 1976.
Survivors include two children by a previous marriage which ended in divorce, John E. Bassett Jr., of Detroit, Mich., and Mary Anne Frey, of Dayton, Ohio, a sister, Mary Palmer, of Florida, and five grandchildren.