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Who is Dr. Fredric Frye?

Fredric L. Frye, BSc, DVM, MSc, CBiol, FIBiol, FRSM:

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy, where he served as a combat air crew member in a blimp squadron engaged in antisubmarine patrols during the Korean War. Fredric Frye earned his degrees at the University of California, Davis and served two residencies: General Surgery at the U.S. Public Service Hospital, San Francisco and Pathology at the University of California, Davis. He is a member of two scholastic honor societies: Alpha Gamma Sigma and Phi Zeta. He was an epidemiologist with the California Cancer Research Program; and was then engaged in private practice in Berkeley and Davis, California. Dr. Frye joined the faculties of the University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco, teaching experimental surgery; University of California, Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, working on nuclear medicine, immunosuppression, and space-suit design for the NASA Apollo Project; and the University of California Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, as a Clinical Professor of Medicine serving pro bono for 26 years. In 1977 he returned to the University of California, Davis and earned a Master’s degree in Comparative Pathology. For 23 years, he was Chief of Pathology for Aphton Corporation until they relocated to the United Kingdom in 2005. He is now a Visiting Professor of Comparative Medicine and Pathobiology at numerous Universities and Colleges in North America, UK, Italy, and Japan. He is the author of 23 textbooks, co-author of 14 textbooks, and numerous chapters in multi-authored textbooks, 378 papers, and 41 CD Rom programs; He was the 1969 recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Practitioner Research Award; he was the Second Edward Elkan Memorial Lecturer at the University of Kent; the Richard N. Smith Memorial Lecturer at the University of Bristol; and the Peter Wilson Bequest Memorial Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He is an elected Life Member in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Institute of Biology, London. He was named as a patron of the Charles Louis Davis Foundation for International Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology and was elected to the Board of Directors of the German Society for the Study of Comparative Pathology and Oncology in Berlin. In 2001 he was elected as an Honorary Life Member of the British Veterinary Zoological Society. In January, 2002, he was the recipient of the first Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) Lifetime Achievement Award, which now is named the Fredric L. Frye Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Distinguished Honorary Member of the Italian
Linnaean Society

Fred serves pro bono on the Governor of California’s Bioterrorism and Natural Disaster Advanced Preparedness Action Group for Mendocino and Lake Counties; consults on difficult cases with colleagues; mentors students; and devotes much of his time to the family farm, La Primavera, where he is involved in pomological culture directed toward the improvement of apple, pear, peach, plum, nectarine, and citrus fruit trees. In the 1980s he was successful in producing viable garlic seeds from a plant that usually reproduces only asexually. In the early 2000s Fred developed a strain of “micro” goats that are about one-fourth the size of already small Nigerian pygmy goats. Among his avocations are designing and building fine furniture, and sculpting art objects from sustainable tropical forest products, metal, and stone; he has had two one-man shows of his artwork.
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