Laurance A. (Peter Fryar)
Born at Servicetown, Peter Fryar attended Ballarat Teachers' College in 1949. Except for three years in Melbourne, his entire professional life was spent at Ballarat.
In 1950 Peter’s first appointment was to the Ballarat District Physical Educating staff. After five years he moved to Melbourne where he was attached to the Education Department’s Melbourne Physical Education Centre in Queensberry Street for three years. During this time he completed a Diploma of Physical Education at the University of Melbourne. He returned to the Ballarat P.E. staff in 1958.
Peter Fryar was appointed to the staff of Ballarat Teachers' College in 1962, where he remained throughout a number of name changes including State College of Victoria, Ballarat Institute of Technology and Ballarat College of Advanced Education. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965, and a Diploma of Education in 1969.
In 1973 Peter resigned from the Education Department and was appointed Head of the Physical Education Faculty of the new State College of Victoria (Ballarat). From that time he started the movement to establish a four year Bachelor of Education (Physical Education) degree at Ballarat. In 1980 he was appointed Dean of the faculty of Human Studies at Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE). This faculty included Physical Education, Recreation, Humanities, Social Sciences, Nursing and Librarianship. Peter Fryar became Deputy Director of BCAE in 1987, and retired in February 1989.
From 1979 to 1986 Peter Fryar was President of the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. He was made a fellow of that organisation in 1982. For many years he ran The Courier Learn-to-Swim programs and was a director of the YMCA board of management. Peter served on the Education Minister’s Advisory Committee, and on advisory boards for the Confederation of Australian Sport, the Victorian Education Department’s Post-Secondary Commission, and five tertiary institutions in Victoria.
Peter Fryar was made a fellow of the University on 14 May 1999 for his outstanding contribution to the university.
FRYAR Laurance Allen (Peter) On October 5, 2016 peacefully at Nazareth Care, Ballarat aged 87 years. Loved and loving husband of Stella (dec); dearly loved Dad of Peter and Trish, Michael and Colleen, John (dec), Christopher and Anna, Mary and John; much loved Grandpa and Papa of Isaac and Eli; Bryce and Jarrod; Jamie, Nicholas and Cody; Trish, Bridget and Anthony; loved great Papa of Jack, Stella, Lily and Connor. Loved son of Mary and Laurie Fryar of Serviceton, Vic (both dec); loved brother of Audrey (dec), Jan, Bev, Brian (dec), Max, Graeme (dec), and Ian; loved uncle of their families. Loving memories are ours to keep. Interred at Ballarat New Cemetery on Tuesday October 18, 2016. (Ballarat Courier, 22 Oct 2016)