Ms. Lopez suffered from Alzheimer's disease, her son Larry Lopez, told The Associated Press
In the 1950s, she began her work at Yale's Franklin Papers
as a secretary, transcribing letters in French. She faced many challenges on her to way becoming a top expert on one of America's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin
, Kate Ohno, her associate editor at the Franklin Papers, told the New Haven Register
. Ohno and Lopez knew one another for over 20 years.
"She worked her way up the ladder against all odds and made a career for herself that was widely acknowledged and respected," Ohno said.
According to The AP
, Claude-Anne Lopez specialized in Ben Franklin's private life, and she wrote a handful of books about him. Her first was Mon Cher Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of Paris
Lopez also served as a consultant for Franklin biographies and other documentaries, the New Haven Register