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R. Scott Frey, professor of sociology and co-director of UT’s Center for the Study of Social Justice, passed away December 24 due to complications from a stroke.

R. Scott FreyFrey came to UT as the sociology department head in 2004 from the University of North Florida. Frey’s academic specialty was in environmental sociology, focused on Asia.

A funeral service will be held today in Des Moines, Iowa. Read more from Frey’s obituary.

Frey received degrees from Northwest Missouri State University, Drake University, and Colorado State University.

He began teaching in 1980 at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He continued his teaching career at several schools including Kansas State University, University of North Florida, and UT. He developed 35 courses in his career as a professor, as well as serving on 58 degree committees.

He was a prolific writer and researcher, publishing four books and 59 journal articles, book chapters, and movie reviews. He presented numerous papers at professional meetings and other venues. Frey traveled extensively in pursuit of continuing his academic endeavors, including trips to China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Russian Federation, and Cuba.