FRED CHAPIN MARSH II
Feb. 11, 1938 to Nov. 10, 2004

 


I am sad to tell you that Freddie passed away November 10th, 2004. It was the birthdate of his beloved Marine Corp and I think it was a good day to move on to heaven.

I read him your emails and it was emotional for him. I nudged him several times to let me dial for him and he couldn't bring himself to make the call. It was only days after they were received that he just was unable to make conversation.

His ashes will be interred in Rosecrans Veterans Cemetary at Point Loma. It's a beautiful place right down on the point. Everybody has an ocean front view and we know how he did love the ocean. The family will scatter a few ashes at sea next week and we are holding a memorial "party"; on his birthday Feb 11th. I thought since the family decided to wait until the first of the year we stretch a bit more.

I would like to put together a patchwork of memories and pictures for his kids and hope that you faithful friends from yesteryear will write out a memory or two for our book. If you like, I will send you one also.

I have found some pictures from 1958; 1960 that may mean more to one of you than to just leave in the box. The picture quality is poor but I just bet you'd recognize a few of the folks. Is one of you more historical than another?

I don't know if there is some alumni newletter that should be informed and hoping that you will take care of that for me/him.

Tim, since you were at Andover with him perhaps you can help me do the same there. He was to be working with someone on fundraising and I can't find the gentleman's name. Can you give me any insights on who to call?

I hope his picture sends to you okay. Let me know if not. Yahoo can get cranky when sending pictures.

Good luck and good health to you all. I know how much he enjoyed his email chats with you all.

 


Thought I'd send along his obituary to Freddie's internet buddies. He always liked advertising his deals in the union tribune and I believe this was his best!! Neither of us ever wrote anything without input from the other so I am fessing up to condensing some of his best material for this one!! His son commented on the picture: "It captured the wiley coyote look Dad gave an audience when he'd say-- now, you don't know this yet, but before you leave the room you'll be wanting to buy something from me."

Thanks for the kind thoughts and commentary from you folks. Gayle

 

Fred went home to be with his Lord after a brief battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Gayle Marsh; son Chapin Marsh, daughter Elizabeth Manion daughter-in-law Christine Marsh, son-in-law Myron Manion; beloved grandchildren Cade, Cana and Cally Marsh and step children Michael and Theresa Brindley, Tony Brindley, Tracey and Howard Turner. The family plans a private service at sea. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Feb. 11, 2005 at 3:30 p.m. at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, to be followed by a celebration of Fred's life. Fred was born in Philadelphia, PA, raised in Maine and educated at Andover and Dartmouth College. Serving in the Marine Corps he was assigned to Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Institute of Languages and Linguistics in Washington DC to study the Arabic language and Middle East affairs. He was assigned to Naval Intelligence as the Team Leader for the prisoner of war interrogation team of the 2nd Marine Division Force Troops. After transfer to the Naval Security Group he operated in the Middle East and North Africa, and was the Senior Marine Instructor in the Arabic language and Intelligence Matters at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md. Fred spent his career in the financial services industry and lectured on investment finance at the USC Irvine and Los Angeles, San Francisco State and Stanford Universities and Mills College. 1980-1989 Fred produced his daily TV show in San Francisco, "A Few Minutes with the Practical Economist," which was among the first TV infomercials ever produced. In retirement he qualified as a CSA and concentrated his efforts on working with seniors. Fred was a 30-year member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary - the volunteer civilian arm of the Coast Guard. In 1977 at the request of the Director of Auxiliary he surveyed the San Diego area and determined the need for additional Auxiliary presence. His Recruiting Program, still in use today, culminated in January, 1978 with the establishment of Division XVI (16) with 7 flotillas and chartered with 184 Basically Qualified members, all in uniform with Fred as the first Division Captain. Adieu old Friend, Husband, Father, Poppa Freddie, Spare Dad Please

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 11/21/2004 

 

 


FREDDIE AND BRIDE GAYLE (circa 2000)

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