Lt. Colonel Fred William Proudfoot, USAF/USA (Retired)
July 21, 1934 – September 10, 2016
Fred W. Proudfoot, 82, of Bryan, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Private services will be held at a later date to honor his life. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.
Fred was born to William Dusek and Beatrice Proudfoot-Dusek in Mission, Texas on July 21, 1934. He was raised in Chicago, Il. and graduated from Northwestern University. He married Charlotte Lorraine Pahl of Chicago and then spent the next twenty-three years in the U.S. Air Force, traveling mostly in east Asia. Of all the places he traveled and lived while in the military, his favorite was Japan. While there, he and his wife Charlotte began their hobby of raising and showing Persian cats. He also had a lifelong love other animals, (especially snakes, big cats, raptors and German Shepherd dogs). After he retired from Air Force active duty, he moved to Bryan to attend Texas A&M University, graduating with a Masters degree in Education. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and taught in the Bryan school district, teaching 9th grade science at Stephen F. Austin. He later rejoined the military, as a U.S. Army recruiter, for nine years.
Fred’s love to talk and his interest in all people and all things, made him a good recruiter and a gregarious conversationalist. “Never met a stranger” described him perfectly. His favorite activities and interests were talking, politics, non-fiction books, classical music (especially Beethoven) and animals. Although he did not play an instrument, his mother had given him an education in classical music and he instilled a love of music in his daughters, as well as his love for the natural world.
He and his wife Charlotte had been married for fifty-eight years this past June. Preceding him in death are his parents and his step-brother Harold Wiedemann.
His survivors include his wife Charlotte Proudfoot; his daughters Dr. Suzanne Proudfoot, and Lorraine Proudfoot Gilman, son-in-law Don Gilman, and his two grandchildren David and Alyssa Gilman.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Aggieland Humane Society at aggielandhumane.org.
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