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Frederick Wessells Bogert ’36

Published in Feb. 7, 1990, issue

FRED DIED on Aug. 24, 1989, of a congestive heart condition in Paramus, N.J. He was born on Dec. 15, 1911, in nearby Ridgewood. He prepared at Lawrenceville, where he played polo and was in the Glee Club. At Princeton, he majored in politics, played on the freshman and J.V. polo teams, and was a member of Elm Club. He left Princeton at the end of his sophomore year.

Fred retired in 1976 as the owner of the MacAlistar Bookstore, in Ridgewood. Previously, he was a columnist for the Ridgewood Record, reporting on local history, about which he was extremely knowledgeable. In earlier years, he was a copywriter for the Compton Advertising Agency in N.Y.C. He was also associated with Benton and Bowles, Inc. During WWII, he served on the staff of STARS AND STRIPES, the U.S. Army's newspaper, in France and Germany. He returned to civilian life after four years of service, and his last rank was captain. Fred was the author of Paramus: A Chronicle of Four Centuries. He was a former president of the Bergen and Paramus Historical Societies, a member of the Bergen County Historic Sites Advisory Board, a trustee of the Holland Society of New York, and a member of the Paramus Reformed Church in Ridgewood.

He is survived by his widow, Jane Zabriskie Bogert, whom he married in 1943; two daughters, Jane Moriarty and Sarah Hemsen; a son, David B.; and two grandsons. Those who knew "Bogie" will indeed miss him.

The Class of 1936

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