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John Aaron Frey ’44 A.S.

A World War II veteran, John Frey earned his associate degree in engineering science by attending night classes. So meaningful was the experience for him that he became a donor as soon as he graduated, and he went on to play many important volunteer roles for the University in the ensuing years.

What Motivates? 

After graduating from UNH, John joined Hershey Metal Products in Ansonia, a metal fabricating business founded by his uncle. He spent his entire career with that business, rising to the presidency of the company.

While his business responsibilities demanded a lot of his time, John never lost touch with his alma mater. He served as president of the Alumni Association during the 1970s, was a member of the Board of Governors and devoted his talents and energy to many committees. A Maxcy Legacy Society member, he received the President’s Award for his service in 1996. 

Why He Gives:

“My UNH education was a very satisfying experience,” he says. “It was the foundation of my career, and I felt a responsibility to give something back to the University.”

In 1989, he and his wife, Mildred, established the Mildred and John Frey/Paul Hershey Endowed Scholarship, which has helped many students pursue their dreams with a University of New Haven education.