August 19, 2013
Alumnus of the Month: Max Fryar ’57

As with any college campus many things change with time, but many things stay the same.  This is evident when talking with Max Fryar.  He remembers walking across campus in the snow (we still do!), the beauty of the mountains and the camaraderie he shared with his fellow students. Some of his favorite memories are of the family-style dining hall.  “I loved those large pitchers of milk! How I looked forward to the hot foods when we walked in the snow to get to the dining hall.” 

Max attributes some of his success to his time at Lees-McRae College. “I believe time at Lees-McRae helps one mature somewhat, as in my case.  All the students were so friendly; it seems everyone felt as one. I believe this attitude went with me when I left there and served 30 years in the Navy and then on to teach high school for 18 years. I spent three years each at the American Embassies in New Delhi, India and Ankara, Turkey.  Also, two years in Sardinia, Italy, and two years at the American Embassy in Ottawa, Canada. I must say, many times during those tours I thought about Lees-McRae College. The College went with me.”

His advice for current students, “From the moment of acceptance to the very end of your time at LMC, have a schedule. Stick to it. Get active. Talk to a different student every day. Be interested. Regardless of what type of profession you might seek, interaction is one of the most salient factors in a job. Start that at LMC.”

He also feels it is important to give back to LMC. “Everyone has had gains from LMC. It is obvious that giving will help others as it has helped you. I am amazed at what LMC has done in the past three years. The building and refurbishing, the new nursing school. All this was enhanced by gifts from the heart. No matter how large or small, it helps.”

Max is retired and lives with his wife Kay in Wilmington, NC. They have two sons. Recently, they bought a place in West Jefferson, NC. On hot, humid eastern NC days, you will find Max and Kay heading west!

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Max Fryar ’57 with his wife and a friend at ESCAPE 2013.