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Fries, Robert Francis 1911-2003

FRIES, Robert Francis 1911-2003


See index for CA sketch: Born December 16, 1911, in La Crosse, WI; died of congestive heart failure August 27, 2003, in Wilmette, IL. Historian, educator, and author. Fries was a highly respected professor emeritus at DePaul University. His first degree, from what is now the University of Wisconsin—La Crosse, was earned in education in 1933. He then taught social science at a Cashton, Wisconsin, high school for two years before attending graduate courses at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He completed his master's degree in 1936 and his doctorate in 1939. That year he was hired as an assistant professor at DePaul University, where he rose to full professor in 1945 and chaired the department from 1945 to 1956 and from 1967 to 1976; he was also dean of University College from 1955 to 1980. When he retired in 1980, he received the university's Via Sapientiae Award for excellence in teaching. Fries was the author or editor of several history books, including Empire in Pine: The Story of Lumbering in Wisconsin, 1830-1900 (1951; revised edition, 1989), the cowritten Crown and Parliament in Tudor-Stuart England (1959), and Basic Historical Documents of European Civilization (1972).



Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2003, section 1, p. 11.

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