OBITUARY

Dr. Michael Joseph Froning

July 30, 1941May 1, 2013

Dr. Michael J. Froning, age 71 of Mountain Brook, Alabama, passed away on May 1st, 2013. Dr. Froning was the Executive Director of the Birmingham Education Foundation. Prior to that, Dr. Froning served as Dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education from 1999 to 2010. Dr. Froning and his wife Lyn moved to Birmingham in August 1991, so that he could implement and direct the Russell Mathematics and Science Center at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Dr. Froning, son of J. Fendall and Doris, grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the oldest of 5 siblings: Anne, Mary, Andrew, and Peter. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to the University of Notre Dame, from where he was graduated in 1963 with a degree in mathematics. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 and began his long career as an educator at Western High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife, Lyn, were married in Buchanan, Michigan, in 1964 and their two children, Michael and Sarah, were born in Baltimore. His commitment to social justice in education for women and people of diverse cultures was profoundly influenced by his service as a public school teacher in American Samoa and Hawaii from 1968 to 1974. He returned to the Pacific Islands emotionally and physically many times throughout his life to strengthen and deepen these core beliefs. From 1975 to 1991, Dr. Froning and his family resided in Amherst, Massachusetts where Dr. Froning was a public school math teacher and department chair. His continued dedication to gender equality in math led him to pursue a doctorate in Math Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, which he was awarded in 1990. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lyn, his son Michael and daughter Sarah, his five grandchildren Maya, Ariel, Henry, Sophie, and Ariana, his mother Doris, his two sisters Anne and Mary, and his brother Andrew. Visitation hours at Ridout’s Valley Chapel, 1800 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209 will be Saturday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at Unity of Birmingham, 2803 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham, 35205.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, May 4, 2013
  • Memorial Service Sunday, May 5, 2013
REMEMBERING

Dr. Michael Joseph Froning

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Kip Fonsh

May 14, 2013

It is with utmost and profound sadness that I recently learned of Michael's passing. On a personal and professional level Michael set the bar for integrity and grace very, very high. He was the quintessential educator, thoughtful, insightful and masterfully creative in pursuing the solution to problems. He was an excellent teacher and an even better person. The place in occupied in our lives and I am sure in yours will never be filled. My deepest sympathies.

Sarah Froning Nodarse

May 11, 2013

To all the wonderful people paying their respects to my father, thank you. It means so much to us. We miss him so much.

Tina VanOchten

May 10, 2013

When I last saw Mike at end of March he gave me the tightest hug and looked in my eyes and said 'I love you"-I will hold that hug and his memory close to my heart forever.

Lydia Richardson Akerman

May 8, 2013

May God wrap you in His loving arms giving you His strength and His comfort during this very sad time. Mike was a very dear classmate in Kennett School the class of 59 and my heart hold fond memories of times shared

Irene Hollywood

May 8, 2013

I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mike and very sorry for your loss. Mike was one of my classmates at Kennett High School Class of '59. I remember him fondly and it is a loss to all of the class. Deepest sympathy to all of the family.

May 7, 2013

To the Froning family. Please know that Michael will always be remembered by his high school class of 1959. God Bless, Vivian Cook Miller.

Laura Johnson

May 6, 2013

I had the opportunity to meet and work with Mike through the Birmingham Education Foundation aka ED. We had lots of early morning photo shoots and calls, but his passion for these kids was so evident. He wrote me a recommendation letter when I moved to Nashville, TN. I will never forget his help and thoughtfulness. My deepest sympathies to his family. Sending prayers.

Judy Brick

May 6, 2013

Froning Family - Truly sorry to learn of Mike's passing. He was one of the finest people I have met in my entire life.

John Moran

May 6, 2013

Condolences and sympathy to Lyn, Michael, and Sarah. Mike was an outstanding leader, educator, and friend to our school community. Thanks for his guidance to the math department in Amherst over the years.

May 5, 2013

Dear Lyn, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear life partner. At the same time we are grateful to have known Mike and for all the good memories in Birmingham, Disney World with the grandkids and here in NJ. Always a gentleman, always good natured. To have known him is a privilege.
We miss him. Jack and Helga Spector