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Carlos M. FETTEROLF Jr. Obituary

Carlos M. Fetterolf, Jr., of Chelsea, Michigan, age 87, passed away from complications due to a fall on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Carlos always said, "I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to leave." He was preceded in death by his parents, Florence of West Hartford, CT, and Col. Carlos Fetterolf of Montclair, NJ, and by the love of his life, Norma Baughan of Williamston, MI, after 54 years of marriage. He leaves four wonderful children: David (Maureen) of Charlotte, NC, Bruce (Judy) of Belleville, MI, Trudy Eby of Millersville, PA, and Amy Corser (Eric) of Stockbridge, MI; three step-children: Kyle Eby, Daniel Eby, and Bob Eby of PA; plus 5 fine grandchildren: Laura, Sara, Cory, Travis, and Dante. After graduating from Kingswood School, West Hartford, he served in the Pacific Theatre as a staff sergeant before entering the University of Connecticut. He was a three year All-American and Captain-Elect of UConn's 1948 national champion collegiate soccer team. He also captained the UConn track team and established records in the dashes. After earning a B.S.'50 in zoology and wildlife mgt., he commenced graduate school at Michigan State University and received his M.S. in fisheries '52. Carlos and bride Norma moved to TN where Carlos first established the values of large reservoirs for recreation and then became District Fisheries Biologist for Middle TN. While in TN ('52-'57) he was elected president of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. From '57 to '71 the family lived in Williamston, MI, while Carlos headed the state's Water Quality Appraisal team establishing the illegal effects of industries, municipalities, and utilities on uses of the receiving water bodies. During this period he was elected president of the North American Benthological Society and the Michigan Association of Conservation Ecologists. Invited by the National Academy of Sciences to be the Science Coordinator for development of water quality criteria for the protection of all uses of water, the family moved to the Washington D.C. area '71-'73. Working with some 400 contributors, Carlos' team produced the state-of-the-art book, "Water Quality Criteria 1972." Returning to Michigan, Carlos served as Chief Environmental Scientist representing the state in Great Lakes federal/interstate hearings regarding pesticides, asbestos, metals, nuclear power, thermal discharges and cooling water intakes. He chaired committees of the International Joint Commission to establish water quality criteria to protect all uses of Great Lakes water. In 1975 Carlos was appointed Executive Secretary (CEO) of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Since 1955, the Commission has been charged to bring back the Great Lakes fisheries and to conduct research on and manage sea lamprey, an invader that destroyed Great Lakes fisheries. Under the umbrella of the Commission, the governments of Canada and the U.S., the province of Ontario, the eight Great Lake states and several tribal authorities created a Joint Strategic Plan for Great Lakes Fisheries Management. While with the Commission, Carlos was elected President of the International Association for Great Lakes Research. Following his retirement in 1992, Carlos was elected President of the American Fisheries Society. He was also appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to two terms on the Sea Grant Review Panel, a policy-making team with oversight responsibilities for the function of the national office and the 30 college Sea Grant programs dedicated to bringing science to our coasts. Carlos has been honored for his service to natural resources by the University of Connecticut, Michigan State University, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the International Association for Great Lakes Research, the Great Lakes Commission, the Michigan Charter Boat Association, the North American Lake Management Society, the National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Habitat Conservation, and Trout Unlimited. On the civic front Carlos served on the vestry of two Episcopal churches. His greatest family pleasures included snow and water skiing; vacations in Alaska, Africa and the tropics; exploring the world with Norma; hunting and fishing with his sons; and best of all, time at the family cabin, The Remedy. He took pride that his girls became better skiers than he was and that the boys became better hunters. Favorite pastimes were reading, bridge, Boggle, Pictionary and Scrabble (especially with Norma). A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, with the Rev. Carol A. Mader officiating. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Carlos' memory can be made to St. James Episcopal Church, Dexter, MI; the American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD; or the Ann Arbor Area Trout Unlimited, Ann Arbor, MI.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 1, 2014
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