Charles Henry Frederick, 73, mechanical engineer

April 20, 2005

Charles Henry Frederick, a retired mechanical engineer and model airplane buff, died of Alzheimer's disease Thursday at St. Elizabeth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Southwest Baltimore. The Annapolis resident was 73.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Edmondson Village, Mr. Frederick was a 1950 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. After earning a bachelor's degree in 1954 in aeronautical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army and served in Germany.

He worked as a mechanical engineer at Western Electric Corp.'s Point Breeze plant for 28 years, until the facility closed in 1984 and he transferred to another plant in Bethlehem, Pa. After retiring there in 1987, he took a job the next year at BiTronics Co. in Bethlehem, from which he retired in 2000.

He and his wife of 45 years, the former Anne Dixon Fohner, had lived in Annapolis since last year and in Lutherville before their years in Bethlehem.

Mr. Frederick built from scratch rubber band-powered model airplanes, which he enjoyed flying with fellow enthusiasts. He also liked attending sports car rallies and Hopkins lacrosse games, and playing golf.

He was a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Johns Hopkins Club.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis, where he was a member.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Brian Charles Frederick of Ringwood, N.J.; two daughters, Cecilia Anne Frederick of Reisterstown and Elizabeth Frederick Kurdle of Arnold; a brother, Thomas M. Frederick of Ellicott City; and seven grandchildren.

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