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Waldemar H. Fries

Hall of Fame


Inducted 1959


Cornell University

Fries was born in 1889 in Brooklyn, New York and was educated at the Adelphi Academy, graduating in 1906. He went to Cornell University where he graduated with a BS degree in agriculture in 1911. He continued his education by attending the Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.

While at Cornell, Pat played lacrosse for four years and captained the 1911 team. He continued his lacrosse playing at the Crescent Athletic Club and ended up being captain of their team in 1919.

Pat started refereeing in the early 1920's, refereed for many years and held the job of chief referee. Pat was one of the officials in the first Army-Navy lacrosse game.

Pat coached lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania from 1924 through 1927, and at his ripe old age of 71, was active on the field again helping coach at Brown University.

Fries' business life has all been in the banking world, where he was connected with the Commercial Banking and Mortgage, Vice President of Tradesman's National Bank in Philadelphia and later Vice-President and Treasurer of Bankers Bond and Mortgage Corporation of Philadelphia until his retirement in 1955. During World War I, Pat was an aviator and had a fine record. Pat Fries passed away in 1985.