Richard “Dick” Fruin

Dick was one of the founders of the Roundhouse Marine Teaching Center in 1979. As a young lawyer, he filed the original papers establishing Oceanographic Teaching Stations (OTS), the non-profit that operates the Aquarium. For over 40 years, he has continued as a Director and Officer of OTS.

In city government, he was the first Chair of the Manhattan Beach Public Works Commission and served on the Planning Commission. In the health field, Dick was twice elected to the Board of Directors of Beach Cities Health District and was instrumental in leasing its hospital facilities to fund health programs in the three beach cities. He also served nine years on the Board of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center.

Dick is a graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, and since 1995, he has served as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court. He has written a book and numerous articles on judicial subjects.

With his wife, Pat, he has lived in Manhattan Beach since 1970. They have two sons and four grandchildren. 

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