Robert Luther Fry, former science teacher at Newport Harbor High School (1959-1981) and Corona del Mar High School (1981-1988), former Ranger Naturalist at Yosemite National Park, died on December 6, 2010, of a sudden heart attack after surviving cancer and major surgery.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn Fry, a faculty member of Coastline Community College since it opened in 1976. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Denham of Walnut Creek, and by his three children: Gretchen Fry Harvey and Ronald Fry of Costa Mesa and Stephen Fry of Hermosa Beach. He also leaves behind six grandchildren, Heather Dolter Cheney Brown, Samantha Cheney Beason, Molly Cheney Patten, Ted Fry, Melissa Starr, and Jeffrey Fry, and four great-grandchildren, Nate Brown, Owen Brown, Riley Beason, and Trent Beason.
Bob was born on April 1, 1930, in McNary, Arizona, and grew up in Williams, Arizona. The family moved to Omo Ranch, California, when he was 12 and a few years later to nearby Sutter Creek, where Bob attended Sutter Creek High School and was president of his senior class. He then went to UC Berkeley, where he earned two BA degrees (Philosophy and Zoology), an MA in Botany, and a teaching credential.