More detail on this person: Alan Fry never stopped moving. A thirty-year Indian Hill resident, Alan was frequently seen running mile after mile on the roads through the village. He completed numerous marathons, and for an extra challenge he decided to run fifty miles on his fiftieth birthday. He coached youth soccer for almost twenty years, most recently the boys JV teams at Indian Hill, Clark Montessori, and Milford high schools. Alan had a lifelong passion for skiing, which he shared by working as a ski instructor at Perfect North Slopes in Indiana for ten years. More recently, he spent three winters in Utah as a ski instructor at Park City Mountain Resort. In Utah, Alan's biggest admirers were the young skiers and snowboarders, who watched in amazement as Alan (in his sixties!) launched through some of the biggest terrain parks and ski jumps in the United States. Service to his country was very important to Alan, and he served as a helicopter pilot in the United States Army for two tours in Vietnam from November 1967 to June 1969. He attained the rank of Captain and was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for exceptional bravery and skill in flight, and also two bronze stars and other numerous awards and citations. He was an active life member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, and he was immensely proud when his own son William started the Army ROTC program at Cornell University in 2005. Alan graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 1961, and continued on to Xavier University, graduating in 1966. Following his military service, he returned to Cincinnati to work in hospital administration at Deaconess and Children's Hospitals, and then worked as a consultant with Management Performance International. He married Patricia Rossner on October 28th, 1978, and has two children: Laura, 25, a graduate student at the University of Denver, and William, 20, a junior at Cornell University. In Utah on December 27th, after a full day of skiing and a short run, Alan suffered a sudden and unexpected heart failure. He was pronounced dead at the University of Utah Hospital within the hour. He was less than a month away from his 64th birthday. Alan's incredible sense of humor, his warmth, and his constant activity are already dearly missed by his wife, children, and friends. He is survived by his wife Pat, children Laura and Bill, brother W. Roger Fry of Cincinnati, sisters Linda Mallett of Hedgesville, WV and Alison Montgomery of Charlottesville, VA, and by five nephews and two nieces. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Wednesday, January 2nd at Thomas-Justin Memorial Home at 7500 Montgomery Rd. in Kenwood. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Jan. 3 at 1:00pm at St. Gertrude Church at 7630 Shawnee Run Rd. Donations may be made to any organization supporting American servicemen and veterans, especially Amvets Charities, Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund or the USO. Survivors: Wife: Pat (Rossner) Fry, of the home. Daughter: Laura, 25, graduate school, Univ of Denver. Son: Army ROTC Cadet, 20, Cornell University Submitted by Bob Brown, flight school class section leader for Al Fry.
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