Richard B. “Dick” Fry devoted 70 years of his life, good humor, and storytelling skills to Washington State University. The Coug legend turned 100 on February 12, 2023.

Fry was WSU’s sports information director from 1957 to 1970, the university’s director of news and information services until 1985, and author of the definitive book on Cougar sports, The Crimson and the Gray: 100 Years with the WSU Cougars. He continued to write stories for Cougar football game-day programs well into the 2000s.

Here are some stories about Fry and a few of the stories he wrote about WSU sports.


Happy 100th to WSU legend and goodwill ambassador Dick Fry (

  • Greg Witter (’84 Comm.), a friend of Fry and cofounder of, wrote this wonderful retrospective. also collected a number of Fry’s Washington State sports stories:

Cougar memories with WSU sports historian Dick Fry (, by Howie Stalwick, October 31, 2012)

An interview of Fry by his friend and former editor of Washington State Magazine Pat Caraher (’62 Comm., Soc. Stu.)

Fry’s entry in the WSU Cougars Hall of Fame

100 years of good, wonderful luck (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)