Born 10/16/42, I moved to Sunnyside from Wallkill, New York in 1949. I attended P.S. 150, and then J.H.S. 125, moving on to W.C. Bryant High School where I graduated in 1959. I went to Oberlin College for a year, then transferred to C.C.N.Y. where I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature in 1963.
A Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, Africa from 1964 through 1966, I came back to earn a Master’s in English in New Hampshire, 1966-69, and a Doctorate in Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1976. My career was in Education Reform, as a consultant and professor at the University of Hartford, Northeastern. I retired in 2013 from the Upper Valley Educators Institute where I was Executive Director from 2007 – 2013.
I married Patricia Wilczynski in 1973. We have two sons, Zachary (b. 1977) and Peter (b. 1981), both married and living in Massachusetts, and one grandson Milo David Fried. Now a part-time director of the Arts Institute in Concord, New Hampshire where my wife and I have lived since 1976, I am an amateur painter and occasional columnist for the local newspaper (the Concord Monitor). I have five published books on education (as Robert L. Fried) and two unpublished novels.