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Dr. Edward Fry, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on 09/02/2010. Dr Fry was a member of the Graduate School of Education.

A memorial service will be at 1PM on Saturday, Sept 18, 2010 at the United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive, Laguna Beach, CA.

Edward Fry was born April 4, 1925 in Los Angeles, CA, son of Eugene Bertram Fry and Francis Dreier Fry. At Laguna Beach High, he became editor of the school newspaper and graduated, along with 40 others, in 1942. His studies at Occidental College were interrupted by World War II, when he served in the Merchant Marine, primarily in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he graduated from Occidental College in 1950

Ed became an expert in teaching reading. He invented the Fry Readability Graph, which is a widely used tool for assessing the readability level of almost any type of reading material. He was on the faculty of Loyola University in LA and Rutgers University in NJ where he became a full professor. During his twenty-two years at Rutgers, he was President of the National Reading Conference, the International Reading Association, and the New Jersey Reading Association. He is a member of the Reading Teacher Hall of Fame.

Among his more than 31 books and more than 100 articles are "How to Teach Reading" developed for the Peace Corps, "The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists" with Jacqueline Kress, as well as a video series for Time-Life narrated by Dick Cavett and Bill Cosby. Ed founded Laguna Beach Educational Books and sold it to Teacher Created Materials.

One of his major interests has been education in Africa. In 1960, he taught at Makerere University in Uganda as a Fulbright scholar. Starting in 1994, he taught at the University of Zimbabwe also as a Fulbright Scholar and later developed the University Press at Africa University in Zimbabwe.

After retiring from Rutgers, Ed moved back to Laguna Beach in 1974. He was active in the Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, Village Laguna, the Laguna Canyon Conservancy, and the Democratic Club among other groups. He especially loved being a docent in the Laguna Canyon and making frequent trips to Santa Fe, NM for skiing and art.

Ed is survived by his wife, Cathy Fry, daughter Shanti Fry, son Christopher Fry, stepchildren Kim Rau and Kirk Boyce, and grandchildren Julia Zinsmeyer, Victoria Zinsmeyer, Jeremy Fry, Jeff Rau, Jamie Rau, Dustin Boyce, Brandie Boyce and extended family grand daughter Elizabeth Linn.

Special Requests

In lieu of flowers, please send a check made out to Edward Fry Endowed Graduate Fellowship Fund (Rutgers University), Africa University or Laguna Canyon Foundation to Cathy Fry, 245 Grandview St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

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