Benguet cites American author

BENGUET officials cited an American author on Wednesday at the Benguet Capitol for his book "The History of the Mountain Province."

A resolution of gratitude by the entire Provincial Board was given to Dr. Howard Fry for his book, which was published in 1983 that gives a thorough history of the province.

The resolution cited Fry in the presence of National Commission for Indigenous Peoples Brigitte Pawid.

"The book is being used as a reference material for researchers, schools and other educational institutions," the resolution noted.

University of Baguio has in their possession the Howard Fry collection which includes his dissertation, published works and notes.

According to University of the Philippines Baguio's website, Fry was educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, where he won an organ scholarship in 1938. His studies were interrupted by the Second World War, in which he served first in the Army, and then as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Completing his studies at Cambridge after the war, he spent several years as a school-master, and for a while, returned to the Royal Air Force as a flying instructor.

In 1963, he returned to Cambridge University to study for a Ph.D. Dr. Fry developed interest in the Philippines when he was pursuing research on the English East India Company with Alexander Dalrymple at the helm. This would later become the subject of his dissertation.

In 1968, Dr. Fry joined the History Department of James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia, where his interest in Southeast Asia and the Philippines was further strengthened.

At James Cook University, he was asked to organize a program of Southeast Asian historical studies. He there upon made the study of Philippine history one of his own fields of specialization, and James Cook University became the only university in Australia to make the study of Philippine history a top priority in its Southeast Asian program.

During the 70's, he spent time at the Notre Dame de Jolo. During his visits to the Philippines, he traveled to the Cordillera where he met his wife Georgiana Caoili Alipio.

Source: Sun Star

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