Dr. Ivan E. Frick, 90, of Lancaster, PA and formerly of Elmhurst, IL, died on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Willow Valley Communities. Born in New Providence, PA, he was the son of the late Charles G. and Lillie M. Frick. He was married to the late Ruth H. Frick for more than 64 years.
A 1945 graduate of Lampeter (PA) High School, Dr. Frick received his bachelor’s from Findlay, College, OH, in 1949. He held theological degrees from Lancaster Theological Seminary (1952) and from the Graduate School of Theology at Oberlin College (1955). He earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of religion from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary (1959).
Dr. Frick lived a life of service to church-related colleges and to his church. Ordained as a minister in 1951, he pastored churches in PA and NJ, then taught theology, religion, and philosophy at Findlay College (now University of Findlay). After being appointed assistant to the president in 1963, he served as Findlay’s president from 1964-1971. His tenure saw the restoration of the College’s accreditation, an improvement in its financial health, and an expansion of its physical plant through the construction of four buildings. Among numerous awards and degrees from Findlay, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters in 1976.
In November 1971, Dr. Frick assumed the presidency of Elmhurst College. He and his wife Ruth, the College’s First Lady, faithfully served in their roles until retirement on July 1, 1994. Upon their retirement, Elmhurst renamed the College Union building The Frick Center in honor of their leadership. As president, Frick developed new programs for nontraditional students, achieved twenty-two years of balanced budgets, expanded the endowment from $750,000 to $34 million, and led the construction of two, and renovation of seven, campus buildings.
Dr. Frick took leadership positions with numerous professional associations in higher education and was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He enjoyed reading (especially in German) and genealogy. Throughout his lifetime, hw as an active church member: first, in the Churches of God, General Conference and, later in life, the United Church of Christ.
He is survived by his children: son, David Frick, Albany, CA; son, Daniel, husband of Tamara Goeglein, Lancaster; daughter, Susan, wife of Ronald Searl, Westmont, IL; sister, Esther Schneider, Quarryville, PA; brothers: Paul Frick, Lancaster, and David, Zanesville, IN; and five granddaughters: Rachel and Sarah Foster and Eleanor, Evelyn, and Lillie Frick.
Ivan was preceded in death by his beloved wife Ruth and his siblings Lillian Frick Raihl and Charles, Walter, Richard, and Robert Frick.
Two memorial services are planned. The first on Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. at Santee Chapel, Lancaster Theological Seminary, 555 West James Street, Lancaster. A second service will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Elmhurst. A reception will follow both services.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Gifts may be made to the Frick Endowed Book Fund of Elmhurst College online at www.elmhurst.edu/give (under “Area of Support” select “Frick Endowed Book Fund.”) You may also make your gift by calling the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (630) 617-3600.