Dr. Wendell's Story
FRANKLIN - It is with great sadness the family of Dr. Wendell Frye announces his passing on May 28, 2017.
Wendell was born in Leominster Massachusetts on March 1, 1940, to Kenneth and Birtrice Frye.
Upon graduating Leominster High School in 1958 he enlisted in the Marines. After serving, he received his bachelor's degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts; his master's degree from Middlebury and his doctorate in German Literature from Indiana University and was a Fulbright scholar studying in Germany.
Dr. Frye served as a professor of German language and culture at Hartwick College beginning in 1970 for 47 years, making him the longest serving full-time faculty member at Hartwick College. He earned full professorship in 1981. He served as the chair of the language department for 14 years. Dr. Frye worked throughout his career to provide students with international experiences by bringing native speaking adjunct professors to Hartwick for 25 years; becoming known as the "Father of J-term" leading more than 30 groups abroad, which resulted in more than 900 students being immersed into Austrian culture. He was instrumental in Hartwick's Fulbright program, advising 22 Fulbright scholars. His love of teaching was well-known and evidenced by the thousands of students who remember his classes fondly.
Wendell was a Civil War and history enthusiast. He enjoyed anything history related, and could answer any question asked. He was an avid reader and also translated two books from German to English. He was active in the Masonville Rod and Gun Club and enjoyed the weekly poker games there, as well as the company of the other members. During his sons' teenage years, he was active in Boys Scouts.
Wendell leaves behind his brother, Henry (Pauline) Frye; children, Karl (Gail) Frye, Erik (Jennifer) Frye, Franz Frye, and Johanna (Ryan) VanDeusen; grandchildren that were his joy Lindsey, Bryant, Leigha, David, Kris, Alison, Katey, Tanis and Kailynn. Wendell was blessed with three great-grandchildren, Treyton, Lilea and Gabriel. He leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, close friends, colleagues and students.
One of five children of Kenneth and Birtrice Frye, Wendell will be joining those who have predeceased him, his parents; sister; Peggy Mulligan; brothers, Roger and Kenneth; and son, Hans.
A true lover of animals Wendell is no doubt surrounded by the many pets that he has had throughout his life.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 5, at the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, 425 Main St., Franklin.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, June 6, at St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. David Mickiewicz, pastor, celebrant. Burial will follow in Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to the Dr.Wendell W. Frye J-Term Scholarship fund at Hartwick College.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.bennettfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Kenneth L. Bennett Funeral Home, Franklin.
Published on June 1, 2017