2 October 2019 - Oxford, Ohio: loyal donor and longtime volunteer Fred Fether, Bowling Green ’51, entered the chapter eternal on September 20th, 2019.
Fred was born on December 17th, 1931, in Archbold Ohio. He attended Bowling Green State University where he would later become the Director of Purchasing. Along with Phi Tau, he was an active member of the Masons where he served as the Worshipful Master and the District Education Officer. He was also a member of the Rocicrucians, Shriners, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Toledo, where he received the highest honor. He was hard working, loved to travel, and helped run a B&B in Put-in-Bay during his retirement.
For Phi Kappa Tau, Fred was a Foundation Trustee, Distinguished Trustee, and member of the Heritage Society. His chapter brother Tim Smith, Bowling Green ’52, had to say about Fred:
Fred was always a mainstay in the Beta Tau Chapter. He was a friendly and congenial brother who stayed in Bowling Green after graduation. That gave him the opportunity to maintain an interest in the active chapter. As an alum his home was always open to other graduate brothers, and he and Eleanor enjoyed hosting the Beta Tau alumni party at homecoming each year.
Fellow chapter brother Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, contributed to this sentiment by saying:
If I could sum up that man’s contributions to life, I’d use the word “dependable.” He was a special guy in many ways. I’m so glad I knew him man-to-man.
Fred is survived by his wife Eleanor, whom he married in 1955, and his children Susan, and P.J. as well as five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
His full obituary can be read here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?n=fredrick-f-fether&pid=193974663&fhid=40683