Fryling Estate Establishes $3 Million Fund at Community Foundation

The Mid Shore Community Foundation has announced a bequest from the estate of John and Charlotte Fryling of approximately $3.4 million to establish a donor-advised fund at the Foundation for the benefit of the Mid-Shore community.  

The Frylings moved to Easton in 1993 from Arlington, Virginia to continue their shared passion for sailing the Chesapeake Bay.  They continued to sail until John’s 12 year battle with multiple myeloma made that impossible.  John Fryling passed away in 2011 and his wife of 33 years, Charlotte, died of complications from Multiple Sclerosis in 2016.

John Fryling, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, grew up in Upstate New York.  He was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  After two years of service in the U.S. Army at the White Sands Missile Range, he eventually established his own firm in Arlington, Virginia, Fryling Technical Services, Inc., focusing on underwater acoustic equipment. 

Charlotte Fryling was a native of Richmond, Virginia.   After graduating from Western Maryland College in 1966 with a degree in biology, she pursued a career as a biologist and worked for many years in cancer research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

After their marriage in 1978, The Frylings enjoyed skiing together throughout the West and sailing in the summers.   Together they sailed the entire length of the Atlantic Coast, the Caribbean, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Buck Duncan, president of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, noted the significance of this bequest: “Through the establishment of this very generous endowment at MSCF, John and Charlotte Fryling have significantly expanded the grant-making capacity of the Foundation to support this community in perpetuity.  We are very fortunate that their love of sailing brought them to this community and that they left a legacy that will forever enrich the Mid-Shore.”

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