Michael Dunham Fry
West Point, 1966
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by David F. Martin on May 3, 2006:
Mike and I shared a heritage in Massachusetts. After graduation, we crossed paths on several occasions during his service with President Bush, Sr. on his National Security Staff. He was always accessible and gracious with his time, despite the demands of his important job.
Mike was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He had no ego, and was not the least bit taken with his position in the highest levels of government. He was an erudite invidual but he wore his intellect lightly and never tried to impress anyone with the broad depth of his knowledge on a wide range of subjects, as befits his inquiring mind.
His character was best manifested in his consistent service to the needs and welfare of others. He was kind, thoughtful, and lived his far-shortened life to the fullest. He made the best of the physical challenges due to a crippling injury in Vietnam. He approached this adversity like everything else, with good humor, grace and acceptance.
As classmates, we are blessed to have had Mike touch our lives. We are certainly the better for it. Mike epitomized the quote: "What we do for ourselves, dies with us, but what we do for others is our legacy and remains immortal." This is the true essence of Mike Fry.
Well done, be thou at peace.
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