J.A. Fred Brothers

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BROTHERS J. A. Fred Brothers, 71 years young, died peacefully surrounded by loving family. Preceded in death by his parents John and Genevieve Brothers and dear sister Gloria Brothers, Fred is survived by his wife, Paula; children, Fred II (Kim) of Columbus, Sherry Dean (Bobby) of Columbus, and Becky Price (Greg) of Chattanooga, TN; and grandchildren, Alex, Kate and Nick Brothers; Amanda, Blake and Sarah Dean; Logan, Lindsey and Jessica Price. Husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, "uncle", cousin, nephew, friend, community leader, executive, and philanthropist - Fred had a passion for family, fishing, hunting, golf, travel, car racing and his community. He was a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a member of the Dean's Council of Fisher College at The Ohio State University, a member of Virginia Tech's Committee of 100, received the Pacesetters Executive Award from Fisher College of Business, was elected to Virginia Tech College of Engineering's Academy of Excellence and a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. A native of Huntington, WV, Fred learned entrepreneurship at a young age delivering papers by age 12 to save money for a car. That purchase drove his passion for cars and racing and made him realize the need to work for the things he wanted in life. He had a gift of making people feel comfortable, was not afraid to laugh or be laughed at, loved practical jokes and lived life to its fullest. Fred believed in giving back to his community and found a richness in sharing of his time and expertise with many community endeavors. His quest to constantly learn fed his desire to travel to exotic locations. Fred graduated from Virginia Tech where he earned his Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He also attended the Advanced Management program at Harvard Business School. Fred supported his undergraduate studies through a co-op with International Nickel, which became his first employer. While earning his graduate degrees, he was a graduate fellow at Virginia Tech. Later in his career Fred continued his love of teaching as an adjunct professor at Fisher College of Business at OSU. In 1967 Fred began a long and rewarding career with Ashland Oil (later Ashland, Inc.) where he began working in the refineries and ultimately rose to the executive suite. His responsibilities included leading Ashland Chemical (Columbus), Valvoline Oil (Lexington), and SuperAmerica (Minneapolis; now part of Marathon Petroleum and known as Speedway). He negotiated the merger of Ashland's Petroleum division with Marathon Oil to form Marathon Ashland Petroleum, and coordinated the relocation of the corporation to the greater Cincinnati area. In 1999 Fred retired from Ashland as Executive Vice-President. In retirement Fred and Paula divided time between Naples, Florida, Columbus, Ohio and extensive international travel. He was a member of Bay Colony Beach Club (Naples), Columbus Club, Double Eagle Club, Hole-in-the Wall (Naples), Laurel Valley Golf Club (Ligonier), Ottawa Shooting Club (Sandusky), Rolling Rock Club (Ligonier), Royal Poinciana Golf Club (Naples) and Scioto Country Club. Fred served on the Boards of AECOM Technology (Los Angeles), Ameritrust (Cleveland), Ashland Coal (St. Louis), Children's Hospital of Columbus, Cleveland Trust Company, Columbus Museum of Art, Defense Enterprise Fund (Washington, D.C.), Geon Co. (Cleveland), GTS Duratek (Baltimore), Key Bank (Cleveland), Marathon Ashland Petroleum Co. (Findlay), Mt. Carmel Hospital (Columbus), Ohio Business Roundtable (Columbus), Ohio Dominican College (Columbus), Society Bank (Cleveland) and was involved with the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. Friends are invited to honor and remember Fred at a memorial celebration and reception on Thursday, October 18, 3:30 p.m. at First Community Church (1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus). The family suggests donations to Kobacker House, c/o the OhioHealth Foundation, 180 E. Broad St., Fl. 32, Columbus, Ohio 43215, where the wonderful staff and caring surroundings allowed Fred to transition with dignity and in peace, and provided tremendous comfort to his loved ones during this difficult time. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a favorite memory of Fred, or to extend a condolence.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Oct. 10 to Oct. 17, 2012
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