Laura Kathryn Frey

San Francisco Chronicle - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

On Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2, Laura Kathryn Frey lov­ing sis­ter, daugh­ter, and friend lost her valiant bat­tle with cancer at the age of 50.

Laura was born on Au­gust 21, 1968 in Hanau, Ger­many adopted by Theodore Drake Frey and Bar­bara Thorn­ton Frey. Laura, her older sis­ter Leslie and her twin sis­ter Jen­nifer lived in Brus­sels, Bel­gium for the first four years of her life. The fam­ily moved to Lafayette, Cal­i­for­nia in 1972 where she at­tended Happy Val­ley El­e­men­tary School, Stan­ley Mid­dle School and grad­u­ated from Acalanes High School in 1987.

Dur­ing her for­ma­tive years in Lafayette, Laura loved play­ing soc­cer, bas­ket­ball and soft­ball. She played on the lo­cal trav­el­ing teams, she also played var­sity bas­ket­ball and soft­ball for Acalanes High School. In col­lege, Laura con­tin­ued to play soc­cer for Lewis and Clark Col­lege in Port­land, Ore­gon.

Both Laura and her twin sis­ter Jen­nifer Frey at­tended and grad­u­ated from Lewis and Clark Col­lege in 1991. Laura’s ma­jor was Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence and her mi­nor was in Phi­los­o­phy.

While earn­ing her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree, Laura spent a col­lege quar­ter in Wash­ing­ton, D. C. study­ing Amer­i­can Pol­i­tics. She also spent two quar­ters in Turkey liv­ing with fam­i­lies, learn­ing the lan­guage, the cul­ture, and pol­i­tics of the coun­try.

She re­ceived three mas­ter’s de­grees,one in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence from the Univer­sity of Toronto in 1993 and two oth­ers from Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Santa Bar­bara in Method­ol­ogy and Amer­i­can Pol­i­tics in 2009, 2010. Laura was a Ph. D. can­di­date, ad­vanced her dis­ser­ta­tion, and de­fended it.

Dur­ing her years as a grad­u­ate stu­dent she ap­peared on a num­ber of panel dis­cus­sions, and wrote six un­pub­lished pa­pers fo­cus­ing on her area of ex­per­tise, Pres­i­den­tial Ap­proval and events im­pact­ing it. She re­ceived an award for her ex­em­plary stu­dent pa­per from PAPOR Con­fer­ence in 2003. In ad­di­tion, she worked as a Re­search As­sis­tant with projects mea­sur­ing Con­sumer Sen­ti­ment, Cam­paign fi­nance data and Elec­toral Stud­ies Data.

While liv­ing in Santa Bar­bara, Laura be­came an avid cook, pie maker, and en­ter­tainer. She shared her love of cook­ing with her univer­sity friends and with her neigh­bors on La Cum­bre Cir­cle.

With her stud­ies al­most com­plete Laura moved back to the Bay Area. De­clin­ing health be­gan to im­pact her life.

Laura was al­ways up­beat and pos­i­tive. She wanted the best for all of her friends and fam­ily mem­bers so she would drop all of her work to help them. She cared for her sis­ter Jen­nifer when she be­came very ill and she was self­less in her giv­ing. She had a joy­ous smile that showed how much she loved life.

Laura is sur­vived by her par­ents, her sis­ter Jen­nifer and Leslie and brother-in­law Frank Van Vee­nen­daal and her niece Monique Van Vee­nen­daal and nephew Mathew Van Vee­nen­daal, step­mother Anne Spanier and nu­mer­ous cousins, aunts and un­cles.

Laura’s Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice will be held on Satur­day Jan­uary 5, 2019 at 2:00PM in Wood­side’s In­de­pen­dence Hall 2955 Wood­side Rd, CA.

Please con­tact Leslie Van Vee­nen­daal at [email protected] vee­nen­daal.us for more de­tailed di­rec­tions and do­na­tions which can be made in Laura’s name to a char­ity of your choice.

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