posted August 31, 2006

Paul Fried Memorial Service is Sept. 9

A memorial service for Dr. Paul G. Fried, professor emeritus of history and longtime director of international education at Hope College, will take place at Hope Church, 77 W. 11th St., Holland, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. Rev. Gordon Wiersma will officiate. A reception and time of tribute will follow.

Dr. Fried died on July 24 in Holland. A 1946 Hope graduate, he received a M.A. degree from Harvard University in 1947 and a Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen in 1949. He served two years in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He also served as head of translation during the Nuremberg war trials and as a civilian investigator for the U.S. Air Force in Germany.

He joined the history faculty of Hope College in 1953, made chairman in 1959, and appointed the first director of international education in 1961. In 1956, he began a summer study program that became the Vienna Summer School program, which he directed for 19 years. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit by the Austrian government in 1968 and received the Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984.

Dr. Fried was a member of Rotary, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow award in 1986 and the meritorious service award in 1999. He was a charter member of the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP), a member of Century Club in Holland, and a long-time member of Hope Church.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Fried Fund at Hope College, a fund that provides grants to students attending Vienna Summer School.

Arrangements have been made by Notier - VerLee - Langeland Funeral Home.