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February 26, 2020

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January 28, 2020
To Coach Fry's children: Coach Fry brought tremendous joy and pride to the people of Iowa; many of my happiest memories of my parents are related to Hawkeye road trips and bowl games. He knew my parents by name, and me, by "Doc". We enjoyed I-Clubs and the Hawkeye cruises with him. I attended all but four of his games, home and away, since 1981.
Last February, I wanted to send him 90th birthday greetings and personal reminiscences of gratitude, but was told by Rita Foley that your family was not accepting correspondence at that point. She was kind enough to forward a brief email which I wrote.

I had promised myself that I would attend his services, regardless of location or circumstances. I drove to Frisco from Oelwein, Iowa, leaving at 6:00 AM Friday, stopping in Okla for the night, and arriving at The Star at noon Saturday. I drove all the way back to Iowa Sunday. This was my final road trip for Coach Fry, and as I travelled alone, I had the opportunity to reflect upon his remarkable life and the immense respect I had for him.

The memorial tribute was beautiful and was emotional for me. The remarks of Robin and Kelly were particularly moving. In the video, fans are seen holding a large bedsheet sign which says: "HAYDEN IS THE MAN", commemorating his 200th win. That sign was made by our family, and my late mother (who Coach Fry called "Ma Hawk")is seen holding the right edge of the sign.

You have our deepest sympathy and we thank you for sharing your wonderful Dad with us non-Texans.

Anthony J. Leo, M.D. Oelwein, Iowa
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January 27, 2020
I was named after Hayden. He was my mother's favorite cousin. When Hayden was at SMU, we made every game & were close to the family. When I was a journalism major at NTSU, Intramural football was on my beat so got to see Hayden from time to time. Prayers of comfort for his family. Rest in peace cousin.
January 22, 2020
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January 13, 2020
My wife and I were students at SMU starting in 1966. Hayden Fry became our hero leading us to a SW Conference championship. He was so liked by all of the students then. He made the football program come alive. SO very grateful for the impact he had.
Blessings,
Mark and Pam Jaudes
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