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Marianne Durand Frey ’57

Marianne Durand Frey ’57, a retired biology and nutrition instructor with a passion for dancing, died Jan. 9, 2016. She was 80.

After earning a biology degree from Swarthmore, Marianne went on to complete master’s degrees in education and zoology from Yale. She married Walter Frey on Sept. 2, 1982, and the couple lived in Kensington, Calif., for many years. She taught biology and nutrition at San Francisco City College. Marianne and Walter were avid members of the Berkeley Folk Dancers club, and Marianne also played the oboe. She joined the California Genealogical Society in 1995 and jumped right in as a volunteer, assisting with one of the group’s genealogy fairs. In 2002, Marianne established a Swarthmore scholarship in her own name to show gratitude for the aid she received during her time at the College; the award is presented, based on merit and financial need, to a woman who has attended a public high school.


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