Amos, Fred C.
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Greece: On February 28, 2013. He is predeceased by his wife, Jacqueline ('07). Survived by his children, Carole, Gregory & John (Amy) Amos; his grandson, Gavin Amos; brothers, Jerry (Barbara) & Walter (Linda) Amos.
From an early age Fred loved science. As a teen, working in the Nature Center at Oglebay Park in W.Va., he taught himself astronomy and built his own telescope. His enthusiasm for science compelled him to teach others and lead stargazing sessions at the Oglebay observatory.
Fred enlisted in the Army in 1945 and was a technician with the First Guided Missile Battalion at White Sands proving grounds in New Mexico. He was part of a crew that filmed and tracked test launches of V2 rockets captured from Germany after WWII.He earned his B.S in geology from the University of Chicago in 1952.
Fred married the love of his life Jacqueline in 1954, and moved to Rochester. He was employed by Wards Natural Science Establishment, as Paleontologist, where he worked for 25 years, and became well known in local scientific, and science educator's community.
Fred later held a position as geologist for H & A of New York. He was responsible for mapping the geology under Rochester in advance of the CSOAP storm water runoff tunnel system. Throughout his life Fred taught many courses on astronomy, and earth science at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, and lectured at the U of R. When asked, he would gladly give talks to private groups that were interested in the world around them. Known by family, friends, and colleagues as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about science, he inspired many others to be interested as well. Fred will be remembered as a kind man, sincere friend, loving husband, father & grandfather.
Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Chapel of White Haven Memorial Park at 1PM where the family will receive friends until 4PM. In lieu of flowers those wishing may contribute to The Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 in his memory.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on Mar. 17, 2013