John Duhring Fridy was born in Philadelphia, the son of Ella Swift Duhring and medical doctor Cyrus Ward Fridy, and attended Episcopal Academy in Merion, PA. He studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania at the same time as his younger brother and future business partner, Charles D. Fridy, earning a B. Arch. in 1932 and an M.Arch. in 1933. Both John and Charles Fridy entered the office of their relative H. Louis Duhring shortly after leaving Penn, with John working as a draftsman and designer and Charles employed as a draftsman. In 1935, the Fridys left Duhring to join the practice of engineers Remington & Goff as draftsmen and designers. They remained with William A. Goff, who established an independent office in 1937, until 1946. In 1947, they formed their own partnership, Fridy & Fridy, which became Fridy, Gauker, Truscott & Fridy, Inc., architects and engineers, in 1948. M. Joseph Truscott had been president of Goff's engineering firm before joining the Fridy brothers. The firm became Fridy, Gauker & Fridy after Truscott's departure in 1956. In 1971, John Fridy became a partner in the firm of Gauker-Fridy Associates.
He moved to Florida in 1972.
Fridy was a member of both architectural and engineering professional organizations. He joined the national AIA in 1936 and was a member of the Philadelphia Chapter. He was also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and in 1956 served as a director of the Valley Forge Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. After his move to Florida, he served as a consultant to the Sarasota County School Board.
Emily T. Cooperman, and
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Clubs and Membership Organizations
- Pennsylvania Society of Architects
- American Institute of Architects (AIA)
- Pittsburgh Chapter, AIA
- Society of American Military Enginers
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- University of Pennsylvania
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