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Frederick D. Foote ’40

Published in May 15, 2002, issue

On Dec. 20, 2001, we lost one of our most popular, loyal class leaders: President 1946-50, Class Agent for AG, Schools and Scholarship Committee member.

Fritz prepared at Hotchkiss. At Princeton he majored in English; played baseball (in 1939 he appeared in what reportedly was "the first-ever televised sporting event"); was news editor of the Princetonian, on the Nassau Herald board, the Student-Faculty Association, and president of Cap and Gown.

He had a lifelong interest in sports and all things nautical. Fritz toured the Pacific theater with the US Navy from 1942-45 as a lieutenant senior grade. Later he was a tugboat captain in New York Harbor. In recent years he joined three close friends for an Atlantic crossing on a 46-ft. ketch.

Fritz's postwar career with US Steel included executive positions in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Cleveland, where he was active in many civic affairs. He and his beloved wife, Sally, retired to their home by the sea in Castine, Maine, where their pattern of public service and giving continued.

In addition to Sally, his wife of 51 years, he is survived by four children, Katherine, Elizabeth, Virginia, and David, five grandchildren, and two stepgrandchildren. To them we extend our sincere condolences.

The Class of 1940

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