GRIMM, FREDERICK A. - age 75, of Knoxville, died suddenly on February 9, 2013 at Parkwest Medical Center. Fred was born on June 15th, 1937 in Far Rockaway, NY. Dr. Grimm served four years in the Army before attending Rutgers University, where he received his B.S. in Chemistry in 1963 and a PhD in Chemistry from Cornell University in 1968. He joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee in the same year he received his PhD degree. As a full professor in chemistry, Dr. Grimm was granted emeritus status upon his retirement in 1999, after 32 years of service to the University. Fred had a strong reputation in the area of chemical physics, where his research emphasis was in theoretical methods of studying photoelectron dynamics and surface phenomena. He published over 70 papers in scholarly journals, was a long-time collaborator with Tom Carlson and Manfred Krause at ORNL and Jim Taylor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also was an invited research scientist at the Synchrotron Radiation facility in Stoughton, WI, and with the Swedish National Research Council in Stockholm, Sweden. Professor Grimm was a dedicated and skilled teacher who taught general chemistry and all levels of physical chemistry. He served as the director of general chemistry for the department for more than a decade. Fred was always a gentleman and treated colleagues, staff and students with gentleness and respect. He was also active in the Faculty Senate for several years. Fred loved golf, lighthouses, National Parks and traveling the country with his wife in their RV. He was a devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Pam; his daughter, Gail Miller; and son-in-law, Jason Miller, of Arlington, VA. A memorial service will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel with Lester Helmeczi of Lebanon, PA to officiate. Online condolences may be sent to www.rosemortuary.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Attention to Development Office, PO Box 360, Knoxville, TN 37901-0360; the Public Broadcasting Radio Station WUOT, 209 Communications Building, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996-0322 or Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, 136 Harvest Lane, Maryville, TN 37801. Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Feb. 24, 2013