The Rev. Dr. Franklin Drews Fry, a member of the LTSP class of 1952, died on All Saints Sunday at the age of 78. Dr. Fry has been a long time friend and supporter of his seminary, most recently providing the leadership in an initiative that raised over $300,000 to dedicate the Martin and Vera Heinecken Room in The Brossman Learning Center in honor of Professor Martin Heinecken, who taught and inspired Dr. Fry and other seminarians during his tenure on the LTSP faculty.
Dr. Fry, who was retired after serving many years as pastor of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Summit, NJ, was instrumental in the congregation’s establishing the St. Johns Visiting Professor at LTSP, which has brought many distinguished professors to spend a semester on the LTSP campus, most recently Dr. Larry Rasmussen in spring of 2006.
Dr. Fry was a fourth generation pastor. He followed his father, Franklin Clark Fry, into the ministry by way of study at LTSP, and took a great interest in serving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessor churches including the Lutheran Church in America. Franklin Clark Fry was president of the United Lutheran Church and its successor body, the Lutheran Church in America. Jacob Fry, Franklin D. Fry’s great grandfather, served the seminary as a professor of Old Testament at the turn of the twentieth century. Pr Fry’s widow, the Rev. Sharon Roth Fry, is a 2003 graduate of LTSP, and serves at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Denville, NJ.
Several services for Dr. Fry are scheduled in December:
- Friday, December 8, 7:00 PM, at St. John, Summit, NJ, with reception following (http://www.stjohnssummit.org)
- Saturday, December 9, 11:00 AM, at Augustus Lutheran (Trappe), Collegeville, PA
- Sunday, December 10, 10:30 AM, Prince of Peace, Denville (Rockaway), NJ (http://www.poplutheran.com)
[updated to correct reference in services paragraph]