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Frederick Snowden Skinner ’40

Published in Sept. 16, 1992, issue

RETIRED NEWSPAPER EDITOR Fred Skinner died May 2, 1992, in Vancouver, B.C., where he had lived for some 45 years. Coming to Princeton from Providence Country Day School, Fred majored in politics, rowed 150-pound crew, and joined Key and Seal. During WW II he served in the Hawaiian Islands with the Army Air Force.

Commencing in 1941, Fred rose from deskman to final edition editor in his chosen profession of journalism. He started out with the CAPE COD STANDARD TIMES, then briefly worked with the MONTREAL GAZETTE, and finally with the VANCOUVER SUN, for 34 years, until a heart condition forced retirement in 1984. His principal position at the SUN was news desk editor, and for a long time he was responsible for the paper's final edition. According to the SUN's copy editor, Fred "was one of the most meticulous editors I think I've ever run across." Throughout retirement Fred's love for the news, which he followed closely on television and in a wide range of newspapers, continued.

Fred enjoyed the Vancouver area and its natural environment; he was devoted to sailing, hiking, and skiing. He is survived by his widow, June; two daughters; a son; and two grandchildren. To them all the Class sends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1940

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