Ronald R. Frederick, 58, financial officer

February 01, 2003|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Ronald R. Frederick, the chief financial officer for Taney Corp. and a Carroll County cattle breeder, died Tuesday of a stroke at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Westminster resident was 58.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Wilhelm Street, Mr. Frederick was a 1962 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting in 1969 from the Baltimore College of Commerce, now part of the University of Baltimore, and in 1978 earned a master's degree in finance from Loyola College.

From 1966 to 1972, he served in the Navy Reserves as an aviation mechanical engineer.

A certified public accountant, he began his career in the accounting department of C.R. Daniels Co., manufacturers of canvas products. He later held positions with Edmund D. Myers, a Baltimore accounting firm, and was controller of CGR Medical.

He was chief financial officer for several years with Scan Furniture until 1983, when he became CFO and vice president of SAAB Aircraft of America Inc. in Sterling, Va. Since 1998, he ha been CFO of Taney Corp. in Taneytown, manufacturers of staircases.

Since 1978, Mr. Frederick had lived on a 50-acre farm, Tapawingo, a Native American word meaning "Place of Joy."

He raised Black Angus and Hereford, Angus Cross cattle. He also enjoyed planting vegetables, especially Silver Queen corn, and was an avid fisherman and hunter.

"He loved cooking outside, and we had lots of summer pool parties where he served corn from the garden and the beef that he had raised," said his wife of 37 years, the former Mary Margaret Bollinger.

Mr. Frederick volunteered at Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Westminster, and was a trustee of the Carroll County Historical Society. He was also a member of the National Cattleman's Association and the Carroll County Republican Committee.

He was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. today.

Mr. Frederick also is survived by two daughters, Lisa A. Burgoon and Rebecca M. Frederick, both of Westminster, and a brother, Thomas W. Frederick of Hampstead.

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