On this date in 1940. . .

Joseph Urli Frye was born in New Eagle to Lawrence V. and Mary Urli Frye. Joe a lifelong resident of Monongahela was committed to building a better town from the his start at Monongahela High School. He realized that in life all people needed the basics: food, shelter, medicine, prayer, an opportunity to work and a quiet final resting place. Shortly after graduating from Waynesburg College with a degree in business administration, he founded Frye Construction while being in the USAF Reserves. He extended his building expertise into the community with membership in MIDA, the National Association of Homebuilders and Washington County Redevelopment Authority. Joe served the Monongahela Valley Hospital and its predecessor health care systems since 1968. He was elected chairman of the Mon-Vale Board in November 1985 and served until 1991 when he was elected chairman of the hospital’s board of trustees, he was instrumental in merging the Charleroi and Monongahela Hospitals to create the current hospital campus in Carroll Township. When his term as chairman of the board of trustees expired in 1996, he provided insight and guidance to the health care system by remaining a member of both boards until his death. Mr. Frye’s many contributions to the health system were recognized and are still on display today as you walk into Mon Valley Hospital.

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