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Fred William Stephenson ’50

Published in Dec. 6, 1995, issue

Fred Stephenson died Sept. 4, 1995, at Hospice House at University Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., after a long and valiant battle with throat cancer. He joined the class in 1947 from Georgetown Univ. Fred served in the Navy near the end of WWII and attained the rank of lt. j.g. A member of Tiger Inn and an electrical-engineering major, he was drum major of the Marching Band for three years.

For most of his life, Fred lived in Florida. However, he spent a year with Reed Research and a year with Philco in Gerogetown, Md. Fred started a diving and salvage business in Key West. An early proponent of scuba diving, he was hired by Walt Disney Studios in the production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and was a hard-hat double in the underwater scenes, later appearing on the cover of Life magazine. After a short stint with Motorola, where he was manager of research and development at their Ft. Lauderdale plant, Fred opened Stephenson Marine Electronics.

A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, a man of integrity, humanity, kindness, and humor with a zest for life, he will be so missed by his wife, Marianne; daughters Carey and Heather; and grandsons Chase, Jess, and Kip. The class extends its deepest sympathy to Fred's family.

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