FRY, Morton Allan Harrison

FRY, Morton Allan Harrison. London 13.2.1910 — New York ?.4.1979. U.S. Indologist. Son of Morton Harrison Fry (1888–1971), a banker, and Julia Gladys Angell. The family lived from 1917 in Montclair NJ. After Montclair High School studies at Princeton (A.B. 1932, A.M. 1933, Ph.D. 1935). In 1935-37 further studies at Basel and Bonn. After a while as Instructor in Sanskrit and Comparative Philology (and chairman of Department) at Catholic University in Garrett Park (Md.) he became Assistant Professor in 1941. In WW II served as Radio Program Officer in the office of war information and in the civil air patrol. Later taught at Fordham University and finally at New School of New York City. Travelled much, in India, Indochina and Afghanistan. Twice married, at least one son.

Publications: Diss. The Suffixes man, van, min, and vin in Sanskrit. MS. 1935.

Review of Faddegon’s Studies in Pāṇini’s Grammar, JAOS 59, 1939, 317-320 and Faddegon’s Phonetics and Phonology, Language 16, 1940, 164-167.

– “A Phonemic Interpretation of Visarga”, Language 17, 1941, 194-200.

Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 1st ed. 1942. Not mentioned in subsequent editions, but also not in the obituary list of the 2nd edition. Father in Who Was Who in America 5. After long search obituary with photo found in The Montclair Times 26.4.1979 (

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