Susan Mae "Sue" Frey

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Susan "Sue" Mae Frey passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at her home in Corvallis, OR after a decade-long battle with cancer. Sue was born on November 23, 1953 in Gary, IN the daughter of Richard John Frey and Elizabeth Jean Rose Frey. She grew up in Hobart, IN. Sue grew up helping her parents run their family business, Frey's Dairy Queen, which three of her brothers still run today. She grew up playing softball, playing the drums, reading mystery novels, and participating in 4-H, where she developed a love for baking, sewing, and cross-stitch. Her mother taught her to draw and paint, and she then taught her own daughter everything she knew about arts and crafts. Sue graduated as Valedictorian of Hobart Senior High School in 1972. When she discovered in college that she had an aptitude for engineering, and especially after learning that, at the time, engineering was something that women didn't do, she decided that was what she would pursue. She graduated from Purdue University in 1977 with a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering. Later that year, Sue was hired as a structural engineer at CH2M HILL in Corvallis, OR, where she spent her entire career designing everything from concrete water storage reservoirs and wastewater treatment plants to performing arts centers. She was one of the first women engineers at the company. Sue absolutely loved being an engineer. She loved her work and her colleagues. She was known as a tremendous mentor, both for junior staff and for advanced technical excellence across the firm, through her role as Structural Engineering Global Technology Leader. Purdue University awarded her with the Civil Engineering Alumni Achievement Award in 2005. In 2010, Sue won the CH2M HILL CEO Excellence Award in the category of respect. She also contributed her time to many national and international professional societies helping to advance the improvement and refinement of building codes and design practices through The Masonry Society, Structural Engineers Association of Oregon, the American Concrete Association, and the National Council of Structural Engineers Association. Sue was an adjunct professor for Design of Masonry Structures at Oregon State University, and was a masonry seminar and webinar instructor for the Northwest Concrete Masonry Association. Recently, she was appointed by the Governor as a board member on the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Engineering and Land Surveying. Sue met her husband, Richard Charles Frankenfield, originally of Lawrence, KS and currently of Corvallis, OR, on a school bus taking the CH2M HILL staff on a ski trip in 1978. Although it took Rich nearly two years to convince Sue that he was in love with her and wanted to marry her, she eventually got the message, and they were married in 1980 by Sue's cousin and priest Richard Frey. They were happily married for nearly 33 years. Two years after they were married, Sue and Rich lived and worked in Alexandria, Egypt for 15 months. Sue and Rich have two children: Jamie Katherine Frey-Frankenfield of Sherwood, OR, who is a high school Spanish, ELD and choir teacher, and Patrick Richard Frey-Frankenfield of Lawrence, KS, who is studying Sports Management and Accounting. Sue raised her children to be loving, strong, passionate, and independent, and was very proud of all their accomplishments. Sue had many hobbies and interests. She loved gardening, reading, arts and crafts, softball, aerobic dancing, watching OSU Beavers gymnastics and television with her family, listening to jazz music, and was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Parish. She also loved cats and dogs, and had many over her lifetime. Sue had a large circle of family and friends who cared about her deeply. She passed away knowing that she was truly loved. In addition to her husband and children, Sue is survived by her four younger brothers: William Henry Frey of Crown Point, IN and his wife Merrilee; Clayton John Frey of Merrillville, IN and his wife Carol; Scott Allen Frey of Hobart, IN and his wife Penny; and Patrick Richard Frey of Valparaiso, IN and his wife Lisa; along with 15 nieces and nephews and five great nieces and nephews. A celebration of life at CH2M HILL and Funeral Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church will be held in Corvallis. The celebration and Mass are tentatively scheduled for July 12 and 13, 2013, respectively. The family suggests memorial contributions be made either to: Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation (GSHF) Survivorship Fund, 3600 NW Samaritan Drive, Corvallis, OR 97330 (541) 768-4256 or to: Susan M. Frey Civil Engineering Scholarship Fund, Purdue University, 403 West Wood Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007. Online condolences may be sent to:

Published in The Times on May 19, 2013
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