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Frederick R. "Derf" Rehm

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Rehm, Frederick R. "Derf" Of Brookfield, went to see his Savior on December 28, 2012, at age 91. His proudest accomplishment was the 66 years he spent with his wife, Rosemary (nee Heckel). Loving father of Rick (Jean), Dr. Jim (Carey), Jayne (Dr. Randy) Lambrecht and Mary (Kevin) Motl. Admired grandfather of Michael, Mark (Christa), and Scot (Kim) Rehm; Jacob and Jaime Rehm; Brian and Erika Lambrecht; Kyle, Amanda and Daniel Motl; and 3 great grandchildren. Brother-in-law of Geraldine (Harlow) Kneser. Further survived by many relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by parents, Frederick and Dorothy (nee Schuler); sister, Ruth Torrence; and one great-grandson, Josiah. As a young man, Fred excelled both as a student and an athlete. In 1941, he was a member of the UW basketball team that won both the Big 10 and the NCAA championships, and, in 1943, he won the Western Conference medal as an outstanding scholar-athlete. In the same year, he graduated with honor from the UW with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Following a stint as a professional basketball player and service in WWII as a Submarine Electronics Officer, he did graduate work at the Princeton, MIT, and UW. He then took a position as an R & D Engineer with Dow Chemical Co. before becoming Deputy Director, and then Director, of the Milwaukee County Air Pollution Control Program. In 1975, he became Director of Environmental Services, Milwaukee County, and then, in 1981, Director of Engineering, Environmental, and Energy Services. During that period he published over 75 technical papers. Fred has also served as Director of Milwaukee County Radiological Defense since 1950 and as a radiological consultant to the Department of Defense. He retired in 1985. Fred has been an active member of several professional organizations and has served on many committees, including the Governor's Advisory Council on Air Pollution, and the Advisory Committee on Incineration, National Academy of Sciences. He has also served among others, as president of the Wisconsin Alumni Association, National W Club and the UW Athletic Board and chairman of the Scholarship Trust Fund Visitation will be held at St. Camillus Guardian Angel Chapel, 10101 West Wisconsin Avenue, Wauwatosa, on Monday, December 31, 2012, from 10:00AM until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM. Interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Camillus or Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa appreciated. Our family would like to extend its appreciation to all the caregivers at St Camillus for the loving care they showed our father, husband, and grandfather.
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Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 30, 2012
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