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.
- Greg Witter (’84 Comm.), a friend of Fry and cofounder of Cougfan.com, wrote this wonderful retrospective.
Cougfan.com also collected a number of Fry’s Washington State sports stories:
- Two-way terror Clancy Williams: WSU’s finest-ever all-around player?
- The Smilin’ Irishman of WSU: When Jim Sweeney roamed the Palouse
- Don Ellingsen, a clutch Coug in a small frame, one for the ages
- Everybody’s All-American, Bill Steiger, returned to Cougs after breaking neck
- Babe Hollingbery led a golden age of athletics at Washington State
- 1917 Cougars one of best teams never to smell Pasadena’s roses
- The name behind WSU’s mascot Butch is the stuff of legend
Cougar memories with WSU sports historian Dick Fry (Cougfan.com, 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.)
100 years of good, wonderful luck (Moscow-Pullman Daily News)