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Frederick Sherwin Armstrong M.D.


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Frederick Sherwin Armstrong M.D. Obituary
Frederick Sherwin Armstrong, M.D.
Resident of Saratoga
Fred Armstrong, a longtime resident of Saratoga and practicing physician in Santa Clara County, died on February 2. He was 84 years old.
Fred was born on April 9, 1929 in Taylor, Michigan. His father William passed away when Fred was only 14 years old. His mother Minnie supported her four children and lived to see Fred, her third eldest, thrive and excel.
Fred graduated valedictorian in 1947 from Melvindale High School and attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa for two years before transferring to Wayne State University in Detroit. He received his Doctorate of Medicine in 1954 from Wayne State. It is here that he met his wife of 62 years, Gladys.
Fred and Gladys started their marital life together during Fred's internship at Booth Memorial Hospital in Detroit. Fred joined the US Army and soon thereafter they moved to Honolulu where Fred completed his residency in internal medicine at Tripler Army Hospital.
In 1962 after being discharged from the US Army, Fred and Gladys, who were then living in Augusta, Georgia, pulled up stakes and moved to Saratoga. Fred set up a private practice in San Jose together with his three partners Robert Abington, Malcom Parker and Peter Jackson. The four physicians had met and become friends while at Tripler.
Fred, Gladys and their four children all became active in their hometown and community. Fred, a born leader, took on many positions, in addition to running an active medical practice. He was a president of the Santa Clara County Medical Society, chief of the Department of Medicine of Los Gatos Community Hospital, president of the of Santa Clara County and was elected president of the California Medical Association in 1987. From 1977 to 1983 Fred wrote and hosted a local television program called "It's Your Health" which was broadcast on Sundays over KNTV.
In 1986 Fred became a founding member of the Good Samaritan Medical Group, the predecessor of the San Jose Medical Group. He retired from practicing medicine in 2000 and began a new career at the age of 71. Fred taught neuroanatomy at San Jose State where he inspired students until 2009. Fred also became a member of the Saratoga Rotary Club and led the program "Building Bridges" for two years. Having known people of all races, nationalities and religions throughout his medical practice and his extensive travels throughout the world, Fred saw the commonality in all of humanity. He was passionate about promoting understanding among all groups in the community. He actively participated in the democratic process and became the first male president of the Los Gatos- Saratoga League of Women Voters.
Of his countless accomplishments, Fred always thought his greatest were his four children, Michael, Pamela, Jennifer and Thomas of whom he was enormously proud.
Fred is survived by his wife and four children as well as by his brother Robert and sister-in-law Barbara Armstrong; his son-in-law Arie Mantin; his daughter-in-laws Aline Armstrong and Karen Armstrong; his granddaughters Carolyn Gerakines (Nick), Melissa Armstrong (fiancé Louie Pianese), and Hayley Armstrong; his grandson Tyler Armstrong; and his great granddaughters Vanessa and Hannah Gerakines.
A memorial reception for Fred will be held at Hakone Garden in Saratoga on March 7, 12:00 noon to 4:00pm. Contributions in Fred's memory can be made to the or the Santa Clara Medical Society.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 22, 2014
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