FRY, DR. RICHARD M.
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Gainesville - Dr. Richard M. Fry, 86, passed away peacefully at his home in Gainesville, Florida on January 23, 2013. He was born in New York City in 1926 to Selvia Oscar Fry and Olga Rummel Fry. He spent his childhood in New Jersey, New York and Virginia. He grew up spending his summers with his brother at his grandfather's farm in Edinburg, Virginia.
He attended Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts. He served as a medical corpsman in the US Navy (Pacific) from 1944-46, graduated from Denison University in Ohio. and from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. He completed his Orthopaedic Residency with an interest in hand surgery from the University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His fellowship in Hand Surgery followed at The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby, England. He moved to Gainesville, Florida first as a professor at UF School of Medicine then to private Orthopaedic Surgery practice with surgical privileges at Alachua General and North Florida Hospitals. He also worked in the V.A. Hospital Ambulatory Care in Orthopaedic Surgery.
He met the love of his life, Justine, in medical school and they married in 1955. They had a successful medical practice together and raised a family that is very active in the community. Dr. Fry served on an Executive Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and as President of the Florida Orthopaedic Society 1988-89. He was a member of the FMA and Alachua County Medical Society. Dr. Fry's many activities since retirement involve many aspects of the Gainesville community, including the orthopaedic care of the Dance Alive National Ballet troupe, Girl Scouts of America, Boy Scouts of America- Order of the Arrow, Volunteer Statistics tutor at Buchholz High School, and Altrusa House. He served as president of Florida Free Speech Forum, active member in Mac User's group, Gainesville Photography group, play reading group and the retired UF Faculty group. He loved his church, the First Presbyterian of Gainesville.
He loved sailing and was an active participant in local efforts to preserve clean water in Alachua County At the same time he was studying statistics independently and reading in history, economics, and foreign affairs as well as medicine He loved a good book and a great variety of music from symphonies to ABBA. He enjoyed young people and always said "A man can never have too many screwdrivers and flashlights" as he loved to work in his shop with his grandchildren.
Dr. Fry is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dr. Justine Vaughen Fry and two daughters, Martha Morrow (John) and Amanda Tung (Doug) and grandchildren John and Chris Morrow, and Madison, Julia and Ava Tung. He is also survived by his cousin Greta Michaels (Robert). Niece Jenny Fry and nephew Chris Fry (Cyndy), and extended family of nephews, cousins and many many close friends and associates including Dinorah Frank and Joyce Sterrett. He is preceded in death by his brother, Louis Fry (Cynthia).
The family would like to thank Haven Hospice, VA Hospital and GEM unit and his many caregivers including Gabrielle, Carmen, and Charlene.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, with The Rev. Dr. Bob Shettler officiating. A reception will follow in Gordon Hall.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Altrusa House of Gainesville (PO Box 358765, Gainesville FL 32635-8765) Dance Alive National Ballet (1325 NW 2nd St, Gainesville FL 32601) Haven Hospice (4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville FL 32606) or the First Presbyterian Church (106 SW 3rd St, Gainesville FL 32601).
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Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2013