Fred died of a heart attack while in recovery following surgery in Detroit on Sept. 4, 1996. He had retired in 1978 as v.p., manufacturing of the Chrysler Corp., where he spent his entire business career. He joined their training program after graduation, earned a master's in automotive engineering from the U. of Michigan and quickly became known as a handson engineer who liked to make things work. In a retirement citation Chrysler said " . . . the 16 million cars and trucks Chrysler brought to market while he was in charge helped to establish a foundation of good will that they would continue to build on in years ahead."
Fred was a longtime member and former senior warden at St. James Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Mich. He was past president of Oakland Hills Country Club, a trustee of Cranbrook Institute of Science, and belonged to the Senior Men's Club of Birmingham, the Economics Club of Detroit, the Princeton Engineering Assn., and was a 50year member of the Society of Automotive Engineers.
Fred is survived by his wife, Joy, a son Frederick R., daughters Carol Passiak and Sally Osann, four grandchildren, and his brother, Dick Osann '43, to all of whom we offer our sincere sympathy.
The Class of 1939