Geoffrey Alston Fricker(1920 - 2013)

GEOFFREY ALSTON FRICKER Geoffrey Alston Fricker died peacefully in his home at the Terraces Lodge on November 15, 2013. Family had been in close attendance. He was ninety-three. Geoff was born April 22, 1920 to Geoffrey Fredrick Fricker and Mary Alston Fricker in Hemet, California. He grew up in a ranch home surrounded by citrus orchards, and loved to ride his horse in the golden, boulder strewn foothills of Southern California. He was raised Episcopalian by devoutly Christian parents and felt renewal from attending church. He loved life and its mysteries, and delighted in learning. After attending Riverside Junior College and Stanford University, he entered Stanford Medical School in 1942. In 1943, he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Marie Brubaker, and while he attended medical school, they enjoyed happy years living in San Francisco. In 1945, he interned at the Santa Clara County Hospital, and then served in the Army Medical Corps in Indiana. From 1947 to 1950, he did his residency in Radiology in Chicago. He moved back to California in 1950 and served as the sole radiologist for the Sacramento County Hospital System, and later joined the Sacramento Radiological Associates, where he worked until his retirement in 1982. Geoff was always active in supporting youth and his own children through the PTA and Boy Scouts. His children remember wonderful hikes and horseback rides with him along the American River. He was involved in the life of his children's families, teaching chess, photography, and sharing his observations of Nature with his grandchildren and other family members. He loved the out of doors, horseback riding, hiking and camping in the Sierras, and climbed to the top of both Mt. Whitney and Mt. Shasta. During a sabbatical year (1964-65), he took his family on a memorable trip around the world and worked in India. In 1997, Geoff and Dorothy moved to Maui, where they enjoyed the weather and involvement in the arts. In 2008, they returned to California, settling in Chico, to be closer to family. Dorothy passed away in 2009. In the past five years, Geoff made many new friends among the residents, staff, and caregivers at the Terraces and others in the Chico community whom he met. He spent many happy hours with his family and especially delighted in the time spent with his grandchildren. Their presence always lit up his face with the happiest smile. Both Geoff and Dorothy were very active as artists and attended art exhibits regularly. Dorothy was the painter/sculptor and Geoff, the photographer. Geoff loved to read non-fiction. For him, life was stranger than fiction. Photography was a life long passion, as was listening to classical music. Geoff was an active and respected photographer, who participated in the Sierra Camera Club of Sacramento, and was often asked to judge photographs for the California State Fair. He was given a one-person exhibition of his photographs of India at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1971. For all these accomplishments, he was kind and thoughtful with remarkable humility. Geoff is survived by his children and their families: Ann (Skip Sandberg, Rob and Lynn), Geoff (Sandra Machida, Andrew and Joel), and Jennifer; two cousins: John and Jim Fricker, and their families; and a niece: Joan Goodreau, and her family. Also, his love will be missed by an extended Machida family. A memorial service will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Chico, on Saturday, November 30th, at 10:30 am. A reception will follow at The Sierra Room of the Terraces, 2750 Sierra Sunrise Terrace, Chico, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Butte College Foundation for the Geoffrey A. & Dorothy B. Fricker endownment for the Arts will be very much appreciated. To share your thoughts go to

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 27, 2013