BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Dr. Michael Joseph Froning, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
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Dr. Froning was the son of J. Fendall and Doris and grew up in Kennett Square, Pa., the oldest of five siblings. He was the brother of Anne, Mary, Andrew and Peter.
He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1963 with a degree in mathematics. He received a master of arts in teaching from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and began his long career as an educator at Western High School in Baltimore, Md.
He and his wife, Lyn, were married in Buchanan, Mich., in 1964 and their two children, Michael and Sarah, were born in Baltimore.
His commitment to social justice in education for women and people of diverse cultures was profoundly influenced by his service as a public school teacher in American Samoa and Hawaii from 1968 to 1974. He returned to the Pacific Islands emotionally and physically many times throughout his life to strengthen and deepen these core beliefs.
From 1975 to 1991, Dr. Froning and his family resided in Amherst, Mass., where Dr. Froning was a public school math teacher and department chair. His continued dedication to gender equality in math led him to pursue a doctorate in math education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which he was awarded in 1990.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lyn; his son Michael and daughter Sarah; his five grandchildren, Maya, Ariel, Henry, Sophie and Ariana; his mother Doris; his two sisters, Anne and Mary; and his brother Andrew.
Visitation hours will be Saturday, May 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Ridout's Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 3, 2013