Marion Fry is this year’s recipient of the CASC Distinguished Alumni Association Award. He began his college education as a member of the Scholars Program at Carl Albert State College where he was active in student organizations and activities, including the Circle K Club and the Student Government Association while earning a degree in Pre-law.
Fry continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he received a B.S. Degree in Secondary Education. He spent a summer in Washington, D.C., working for the United States House of Representatives, and enjoyed a short stint as a high school teacher before he earned his law degree from The University of Tulsa College of Law. While in law school, Fry completed his law degree ahead of schedule and was elected as student body president.
Fry began his legal career as a legal intern in the Government Relations Department at the Public Service Company of Oklahoma in Tulsa before embarking on a career in the criminal justice system. He began work while in law school at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office and then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Tulsa County upon graduating from law school. In 2001, he returned to LeFlore County as an Assistant District Attorney and in 2002, he was promoted to be the First Assistant District Attorney for LeFlore and Latimer Counties. He served as the acting District Attorney for three months in 2004, when the District Attorney resigned, and also serves as a Tribal Judge for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Dr. Brandon R. Webb, CASC President stated, “Speaking on behalf of Carl Albert State College, it is an honor to have Marion Fry named as the recipient of this award. To have Marion represent CASC is outstanding. He exemplifies our hope for all students who make Carl Albert a step in their journey to success. We are proud of everything Marion has accomplished, and thank him for all he does for Carl Albert State College and for this community.”
In addition to his professional commitments, Fry is an active member of the community. He is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Poteau, is a member and past president of the Poteau Kiwanis Club, and serves on the Board of Directors for the LeFlore County Women’s Crisis Shelter, the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, the LeFlore County Historical Society, the Friends of the Heavener Runestone, and the Nashoba Youth Foundation. He served as a counselor for the Oklahoma American Legion Boys State Program, and he taught evening classes at Carl Albert State College in the Criminal Justice Program from 2005 to 2010.
Fry was honored with a statewide award in 2005 when he was named as the Oklahoma Assistant District Attorney of the Year, and later that same year law enforcement officers selected Marion as the A-ONE Regional Prosecutor of the Year for the prosecution of drug crimes. He was named the Oklahoma Prosecutor of the Year by the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverages Laws Commission in 2009 for the prosecution and enforcement of alcohol related laws, and he was named as the Man of the Year by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
Marion Fry was honored during CASC Homecoming festivities this Thursday evening, November 10 at Mick Thompson Fitness Center on the Poteau campus.