EXETER, NH - Bob Friedrichs, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. He had gracefully accepted a period of diminished capacity and been a resident of the skilled unit at the Ridge at RiverWoods the past six years. He was born Feb. 16, 1923, in Bath, Maine, to Hans Friedrichs and Gladys Donnelly, the second of four brothers. He was raised in the Chicago area and Lake Geneva, Wis., attended Antioch College and graduated from Oberlin in 1946. He went on to teach English in Shiangdu, China, from 1947 to 1948 with the Oberlin in China program, then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he met Polly, his wife of 61 years, and received his Ph.D in sociology, with a thesis titled "The Principles of Altruism." He was professor of sociology at Drew University from 1958 to 1970 and Williams College from 1971 to 1993, and won the Sorrokin Prize for his book, "The Sociology of Sociology," which was widely read in his field. He was an inquisitive life-long reader of the New York Times, though on sabbaticals in Tokyo, Japan, from 1963 to 1964, and Cambridge, England, from 1970 to 1971 and 1977 to 1978, he was able to get by with the daily International Herald Tribune. He enjoyed summers on Martha's Vineyard with his family and moved to Exeter in 2004. He attended a number of churches throughout his life before settling on Unitarian Universalism, and was a member of the First UU Society of Exeter. He is survived by Polly and their three children, Robin Moriarty of Needham and West Tisbury, Mass., Paul Friedrichs of Exeter and Carl Friedrichs of Williamsburg, Va.; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Gordon and Edward Friedrichs, who still reside in Wisconsin. He was predeceased by his brother Donald. SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Exeter.