The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI) is pleased to announce that Undergraduate Fellow Landry M. Frei of Bend, Oregon will be pursuing an advance degree in aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.  He will begin matriculation in May 2013 and intends on becoming a helicopter pilot, specializing in emergency air services or aerial firefighting.

AHI Undergraduate Fellow Landry Frei

Mr. Frei majored in history and minored in government at Hamilton College.  For two years he served as President of the Hamilton College Republican Club.  At the AHI from 2008 to 2012, he participated in colloquia, reading clusters, and classes that intensively studied many of the great thinkers in the Western canon.   A staunch defender of the Second Amendment, he wrote a senior thesis on “Sacred Honor: Dueling and the Culture of Honor in America.”

Landry also has an avid interest in restoring old automobiles.  After graduation, he apprenticed himself with an expert in the art of precision metal finishing, auto body painting, and general classic car restoration.  He is currently at work restoring his great-grandfather’s 1947 Buick Super Eight which he acquired recently from a family member.

“Few undergraduates from 2008 to 2012 participated more in the intellectual life of the AHI than Landry Frei,” commented AHI Charter Fellow Robert Paquette.  “He not only has a wide variety of gifts, interests, and skills, he has impeccable character.  Indeed, my wife calls him one of the noblest young men she has ever met.  The AHI is quite proud of his intellectual growth and accomplishments.”