Gladys-Marie Fry

Died: Sat., Nov. 7, 2015


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Nov. 28, 2015
Location: McGuire Funeral Home

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Dr. Gladys-Marie Fry, 84, Professor Emerita at University of Maryland, author and Smithsonian guest curator, she was a leading authority on African American folklore and celebrated for landmark research on quilts. She was the daughter of noted architect, Louis Fry, Sr., and is survived by nieces Dr. Vicki-Lynn Holmes (Anthony) and A'Lexa Genelle Hawkins (Robert), and nephew Louis E. Fry, III (Cora).

Charitable donations may be made in Gladys-Marie's memory to the following organization:

Smithsonian Institution

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Lynn Bolles
   Posted Sun November 15, 2015
I've just packed away for keeping our trip to the 1st Zora Neale Hurston Festival in Eatonville, Fl. Thinking of your prominence in the field of folklore, your keen eye for design in language of African American in song, tales and wisdom, and in the material objects that became quilts, and wearable art. Your influence on me is marked not only things that you gave me in my hand, but what you gave me in spirit, thoughtfulness, guidance and sense of determination. Least we forget, your humor, sage sayings and smile.

Phyllis May-Machunda
   Posted Wed November 18, 2015
Thank you, Gladys, for mentoring me as a young folklorist. I appreciate your encouragement as well as the high standards of achievement you set. I also cherish sharing laughter, teasing and tears over the years. May you rest in peace, friend. You are missed.

Gloria Infinger
   Posted Thu November 26, 2015
I wish to say "Thanks" to Dr. Fry for all of her research into African American quilting. She was an inspiration to many quilters. Her books will "live" long after her. A great lady.

Diana Baird NDiaye
   Posted Fri November 27, 2015
Thanks so much for being a role model, for your mentoring and friendship, and for yoor scholarship and your style!
I will miss you Dr. Gladys-Marie!