Fred grew up in Burlington, Vt., and graduated from Phillips Academy. He majored in English and later earned an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School. Over the years, he served as the financial officer for several small entrepreneurial companies, most recently VS2, a data-security software startup.
He was witty and fun, quiet yet assertive, and made lasting friendships, including many at Colonial Club. An accomplished outdoorsman, Fred joined three Princeton friends in Alaska after graduation and climbed Denali, North America’s highest peak. In recent years, he enjoyed leading Appalachian Mountain Club hikes and ski-touring adventures, mostly in northern New England. With an enormous range of interests, from science to music to literature and poetry, he continued to recite poetry and loved to sing.
Fred and Lisa Char-Smith ’75, who married in 1980, raised three children: Matthew ’05, Katharine ’07, and Timothy (U. of Rochester ’11). This past August, Fred and his family were able to enjoy a wonderful two-week trip together to London and Scotland. Family remained the center of Fred’s life. The class joins Lisa, their children, and Fred’s four siblings in sadness at the loss of this good man.