Obituary: Charles W. Fryer, 74, Noted Gem Expert

Charles W. ("Chuck") Fryer, a former director of the Gemological Institute of America's Gem Trade Laboratory, noted gem identification expert, and longtime contributor to GIA's quarterly journal Gems & Gemology, died of a heart attack on Jan. 3 in Los Angeles. He was 74. Fryer was associated with GIA for 27 years. He joined the institute in 1966 as an instructor but soon became a mainstay of the Gem Trade Laboratory (GTL). He served for 14 years as director of the lab, first in Los Angeles and then in Santa Monica, before retiring as director of gem identification in 1993. Fryer, who was born in Springfield, Mo., had a lifelong interest in gems and minerals. After completing his service in the U.S. Army in 1952, he worked in San Diego and enrolled in GIA under the G.I. Bill. He also became an accomplished lapidary. He earned his Graduate Gemologist diploma from GIA in 1963 and re
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