He prepared for Princeton at University School in Cleveland, where he participated in track, publications, and student government.
He majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, joined Terrace Club, played saxophone in the Marching Band, sang in the Chapel Choir, and served on the news board of The Daily Princetonian.
Fred earned a law degree at the University of Michigan Law School in 1957. After two years with the Far East Section of the State Department, he moved to Houston. After a brief exploration of private practice, he joined the legal department of Lone Star Gas Co. in Dallas in 1962, where he eventually specialized in international law regarding oil. He was a founder of the Dallas International Law Society in 1972. He retired after 35 years as general attorney and secretary of Enserch Corp., successor to Lone Star Gas. At age 85, Fred decided to dedicate more time to the church, took courses at Trinity College, and received a diaconal studies diploma.
Fred married Elizabeth Anne Pierce in 1964, and they raised two daughters: Katherine, who died of leukemia in 1981, and Mary. Elizabeth died in 2005. Fred married Jean Jones in 2009 and she died in 2022.
He is survived by daughter Mary Herff and grandchildren William and Annie.