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Frederick Quellmalz ’34

Published in Mar. 8, 2006, issue

Fred, one of the most prominent members of our class, died Dec. 29, 2005, after a long illness. He was 93 and suffered from Alzheimer's disease. The date of his death coincided with the second birthday of his first great-grandchild, Erin Lee.

Interested in photography since his prep school days at Gilman, Fred became executive vice president of the Professional Photographers of America. Upon his retirement in 1974, he decided to become "a professional volunteer and to set up a museum and archives depicting the history and development of photography." Thus was born the International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum, located since 1981 in Oklahoma City. Fred was its chairman, and he regularly volunteered for 40-hour weeks with frequent trips to Oklahoma from Des Plaines, Ill., his home since 1965.

Aside from all that, as he once wrote, "I keep busy" with the tax-aide program of AARP, state and local chapters of Sister Cities International, the Oakton Community College Educational Foundation, and his and Jayne's seven grandchildren.

Fred is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Jayne Osten, a friend of many in the class, and by four daughters.

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