News - January 5, 2011

Almanac co-founder Betty Fry dies

by Dave Boyce

Elizabeth "Betty" Fry, a longtime resident of Portola Valley and a co-founder of The Almanac, died of cardiac failure on Dec. 30 at her home in Nevada City, California, relatives said. She was 85.

Ms. Fry was the publisher of The Almanac from its founding in 1965 — put together in a couple of local homes and garages, including hers — until 1984, when the family moved to Nevada City.

Founding the paper, then known as the Country Almanac, with her were Hedy Boissevain, the first managing editor, and Jean Heflin, who consulted on the business structure of the paper. The Almanac's founding was more or less coincident with the incorporation of Portola Valley in 1964, said Ms. Fry's husband, Dr. Bill Fry.

Ms. Fry had a degree in business from a private college in Vancouver, British Columbia, Dr. Fry said. The family lived in Portola Valley from 1958 until the move to Northern California.

For recreation, Ms. Fry played tennis and was an active member of Music in the Mountains, a program for bringing music to the Nevada City community, Dr. Fry said. She was a past president of the Nevada County Land Trust, he said.

In addition to her husband, Ms. Fry is survived by her sons, Stephen of Nevada City and Peter of Portland, Oregon; daughter Susan Van Rheenen of Orinda; and six grandchildren.

Gifts in Ms. Fry's memory can be made to the Nevada County Land Trust at 175 Joerschke Drive, #R Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Go to for more information, or call 530-272-5994.


There are no comments yet for this post

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields