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In Memoriam - Mary Anne Frey

September 20, 2019

In Memoriam - Mary Anne Frey

AsMA’s Home Office was saddened to hear of the death of Mary Anne Frey, Ph.D., in mid-September.

Born in Washington, DC, Dr. Frey earned a B.A. in Physics in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1975 from George Washington University. She later earned an MBA in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1984. She began her career in 1970, lecturing in the Department of Physiology at George Washington University Medical Center until 1975. From 1972 until 1975, she was an instructor at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, MD. In 1975, she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Cardiology at George Washington University. In 1976, she became an Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Wright State University School of Medicine and College of Science and Engineering in Dayton, OH. She worked there in various capacities, including Director of the Human Cardiovascular Laboratory, Head of the Human Physiology Laboratory, Adjunct Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Community Medicine, until 1989, when she became an Adjunct Professor in the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program.
   Dr. Frey also worked at NASA as Technical Manager, The Bionetics Corp., at the Kennedy Space Center. From 1986–1988, she was part of the Clinical Faculty at the University of Central Florida. From 1987–1990, she served as a NASA visiting scientist with the Universities Space Research Association. From 1990–1994, she held the position of Manager, Life Support Department, Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Co., in Washington, DC. She then became Program Manager, Life and Biomedical Sciences and Applications Division, at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
   Dr. Frey also served as a consultant for the NIH National Center on Minority Health and the NASA Bioethics Task Force. She served on the Editorial Boards of Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine and the Journal of Applied Physiology. She was a Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology (FASEB) Visiting Scientist and on the Board of Governors for the Inter-American Institute of Science, Inc. During her professional training, she was a Fellow at the Third U.S. Seminar on Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease sponsored by the Council of Epidemiology of the American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. As part of her work to encourage women and minorities to enter scientific careers, she founded the Frances E. Walker Fund at George Washington University for Women in Physics.
   Dr. Frey was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of University Professors, the American Heart Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Physiology Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the International Academy of Astronautics, the Association for Women in Science (Founding President of the Dayton Chapter), and a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). She was also a member of the Aerospace Physiology Society and the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch. Her honors and awards include the Louis H. Bauer Founders Award from the Aerospace Medical Association, the Ellingson Literary Award from the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, the Hubertus Strughold Award from the Space Medicine Association, being named an Honorary NASA Flight Surgeon by the Society of NASA Flight Surgeons, and NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award. She had also held a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship and a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship.