Julia W. Frick, 99; secretary and avid horticulturist

Julia W. Frick
Julia W. Frick
Posted: January 17, 2014

Julia Wanning Frick, 99, of Gladwyne, a secretary whose passion was horticulture, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, of age-related causes at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Miss Frick was born in Cynwyd. She moved to Merion in 1928, to Wynnewood in 1971, and to Waverly Heights in Gladwyne when the retirement facility opened in 1986.

On her father's side she was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, who arrived in Jamestown, Va., in 1610. Hopkins sailed back to England before returning to America on the Mayflower in 1620.

On her mother's side she was descended from John Howland, also a Mayflower passenger.

After graduating from Friends' Central School in 1932, she earned a bachelor of arts degree from Smith College in 1936.

In order to prepare for a career as a secretary, Miss Frick took courses at Peirce Business School in Philadelphia. She was secretary to the president of West Chester State Teachers College, now West Chester University. Then she worked as secretary to the director of the graduate department of social work at Bryn Mawr College. Later, she became publicity secretary for the college.

Her passion was botany and horticulture. Miss Frick studied at the Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation. As a founding trustee of the Laura S. Barnes Trust, she helped support public lectures on botany and horticulture.

She was active for many years with the Penn Valley Garden Club, serving on its executive committee. She spent hours labeling the trees on the grounds of Waverly Heights and of Inglis House in Philadelphia. At Waverly Heights, she was active with the landscape committee. In later years, she took up painting.

Miss Frick enjoyed ice skating and was a member of the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society in Ardmore. In addition to serving on the skating club's board of directors, she was a past director of the Wynnewood Civic Association, and a member of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia and the Merion Cricket Club.

Miss Frick is survived by a nephew, great-nieces, and a great-nephew.

Services were Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Contributions may be made to Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway St., Philadelphia 19148.




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