UF medical college founding member dies


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 10:57 p.m.
Dr. Melvin Fried, one of the founding faculty members of the University of Florida College of Medicine, died Monday at his home in Gainesville after an extended illness. He was 81.
Dr. Fried joined the newly formed College of Medicine in 1956, when the faculty consisted of fewer than 50 members in seven departments. The college is marking its 50th anniversary this year.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 26, 1924, Dr. Fried enrolled in the City College of New York at the age of 16.
He served in the Army during World War II, earning a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Croix de Guerre in the European theater.
Following the war, Dr. Fried received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in chemistry from UF in 1948. He earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Yale University in 1952.
He did postgraduate research at Britain's Cambridge University and Washington University in St. Louis before coming to Gainesville as one of the original faculty members of the UF College of Medicine.
Dr. Fried joined the department of biochemistry, now the department of biochemistry and molecular biology, in 1956. He served as interim chairman of the department and associate dean of the College of Medicine before retiring as an emeritus professor in 1993.
He served as faculty advisor to the UF Rugby Club for 30 years beginning in 1970, and remained an enthusiastic booster of the club in later years.
Dr. Fried's community ties included service as a member of the Gainesville City Plan Board and as a mediator for Alachua County's small claims court. He was a volunteer docent at the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum of Art and was a long-time supporter of the arts in Gainesville.
He was an avid scuba diver, sailor and world traveler.
Dr. Fried was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty P. Fried, and a son, Myles A. Fried.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline I. Fried of Gainesville, sons Michael G. Fried of Lexington, Ky. and Mark R. Fried of Brunswick, Ga.; a brother, Murray Fried of Miami; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.

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