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Cleota G. Fry ’33

Cleota Fry ’33, July 1, 2001, in West Lafayette, Indiana, from cardiac arrest. She earned a master’s in physics from Purdue University in 1936 and a doctorate in applied mathematics in 1939. She taught math at Purdue until World War II, when she moved to the physics department. After the war, she returned to mathematics, where she taught all levels from remedial to graduate courses, until her retirement in 1977. She also served as an adviser in the the dean of sciences office from 1948 to 1962. She and her companion, Vivian Johnson ’32, built a house in West Lafayette in 1952, and they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States together, eventually visiting all 50 states. Vivian died in 1985.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2002

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