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Jan.18, 2012

Vol. 112, No. 6


Frank S. Frick *70

Published in the Jan.18, 2012, issue

Frank Frick, the retired Stanley S. Kresge professor of religious studies at Albion College, died peacefully at home June 19, 2011, after a lengthy battle with PSP, a degenerative neurological disease. He was 73.

Frick received a bachelor’s degree (1960) and a master’s degree (1963) in divinity from Phillips University and Seminary in Oklahoma. In 1970, he was awarded a Ph.D. in religion from Princeton, just after he had begun at Albion with a joint appointment as campus minister and associate professor of religion.

Frick taught many subjects on religion and also on archaeology. He was the author of four books and many scholarly papers. He was one of the first Albion professors to encourage students to use computers in his classes.

In 1998, Frick co-founded the Holocaust Studies Program Services Learning Project, traveling with Albion students, faculty, and staff to Germany, Poland, and Israel. Two years later, an Albion group joined in the restoration of a Jewish cemetery in Wroclaw, Poland, a project which has continued on a biennial basis since. He retired in 2001.

Frick is survived by his wife, Bonnie; their two daughters; and four grandsons. His brain was donated to the brain bank at the Mayo Clinic.

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