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Frederic A.C. Wardenburg IV ’58

Published in May 12, 2007, issue

Fred died May 8, 2006, at his home in Seattle of cancer that was diagnosed only three months earlier. Fred had lived in Seattle since the late 1970s.

A true Renaissance man, Fred was born in London to American parents; he was educated there and at Andover prior to coming to Princeton. He graduated with a degree in engineering, but never practiced that profession. After college, he entered the theater and film world, and among other accomplishments, he made an early documentary (in 1962), The Streets of Greenwood, about the registration of black voters in Mississippi.

In the 1970s, Fred moved to Seattle to work in public television, but after a brief return to New York with Sesame Street, he made the jump to become a family therapist and moved back to Seattle. He practiced there until 1996 when he "retired" to become a musician, painter, writer, and a steadfast supporter of Earth Ministry, to which he was introduced by his wife of more than 30 years, Francie Rutherford.

Fred is survived by his wife, four children, four grandchildren, and his sister, Sylvia Crouter. He will be sorely missed by his classmates and his friends in Seattle.

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