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John William Fries M.D. Obituary
Fries, John William M.D. John William Fries, M.D. a St. Louis radiologist who practiced medicine in St. Louis for more than 50 years and was innovative in his field, and who also was a water colorist of note, died on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from complications of Parkinson's disease. He was 88. Under his chairmanship, St. Anthony's Medical Center was the first in St. Louis to cover radiology services 24 hours a day. He brought new technologies to his department, including ultrasound, nuclear medicine, CT and MRI. He was well known for his expertise in bone and joint radiology. Dr. Fries, known as Jack, was born in St. Louis, July 7, 1925, to Dr. Arthur and Anna Clyde Fries. He grew up in South St. Louis and graduated from Roosevelt High School at age 16. He was a member of the Eagle Scouts of America. He completed his undergraduate education in six semesters, attending Washington University in St. Louis and Miami University of Ohio. He joined the Navy's V-12 program, and in 1948 received his medical degree from Louisiana State University, New Orleans, and was commissioned an ensign in the United States Navy. Dr. Fries served as a medical officer on several destroyers in the Pacific theater during the Korean War. His second tour of duty was at the US Naval Medical Hospital in Bethesda, MD, where he was assistant chief of radiology. After his naval duty, Dr. Fries returned to St. Louis and served as assistant chief of radiology at the John Cochran VA Hospital. He became a fellow of the American Board of Radiology in 1953 and joined St. Anthony's Medical Center as chief of radiology in 1956. He retired from St. Anthony's Medical Center in 1988. In addition to his medical practice, he was a clinical professor of radiology at St. Louis University School of Medicine from 1986 until recent years. Dr. Fries was a frequent lecturer in radiology and was invited to make presentations in this country, Great Britain and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Fries was a watercolorist from an early age. In 1983, his painting of Blair House in Lafayette Square was on the cover of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), which weekly goes to every doctor's office in the country. He had numerous other watercolors and pen sketches on the covers of Missouri Medicine and St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society Magazines. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity; Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, where he was an ordained elder; and the Saint Louis Club. From a prior marriage to the former Clara Ruester, he has three children, Nancy Murphy (Richard S. Jr.) , John W. Fries Jr. (Jan) and Marilyn Crowley (Timothy G. Sr.) He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marilyn. Other survivors include nine grandchildren, Carla Knysak (Ben), Courtney Murphy, Kelly Wittenbrink (Patrick), John Fries III, Julie Forrest (Ben), Mackenzie Elias (Stephen), Timothy G. Crowley Jr., Kennedy Crowley, John Crowley and six great-grandchildren. Services: A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Rd., Ladue, on Friday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Gathering Place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, 9450 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63124; or to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, St. Louis Chapter, 1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017. Condolences may be extended online at www.luptonchapel.com A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2014
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