Fred Tiemann

Wilbur Frederick Tiemann

SARASOTA, FL: Fred Tiemann, age 90, died in Sarasota on January 6th, after a long illness.

He was born in Newark, Ohio, August 3, 1922 to Wilbur Frederick (Bill) Tiemann and Marjorie, née Lawhead.

He studied for a year at Harvard University (class of '44) and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (class of '45).

Fred leaves his loving wife Eleanor Bright Tiemann; four children; and three grandchildren. His only brother, James, a pilot in World War II, was killed over North Africa in 1942.

Fred served on the cruiser USS Houston and destroyer USS Quick, and became a pilot. He studied electronics engineering at the U.S. Navy Radar School at M.I.T. and became an avionics project engineer at Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, where he helped develop the E-2A "Hawkeye," an aircraft with highly advanced early warning technology. His operational and technical experience was ideal for the responsibility of integrating a complex array of equipment into a working system. The Hawkeye, in its latest version, is still in demand. His later years were spent at The Landings and then Bay Village, Sarasota, with his wife Ellie. When he was 88 he wrote The Tears of the Prophet, a book about the Islam of the Prophet Muhammad. Much of Fred's life was given in conscientious service to U.S. defense, and he had a nuanced view of international policy. He and Ellie were avid tennis players. Together they also took pleasure in world travel, volunteerism and visits with friends and family. He was a man of honor, an occasional wry raconteur, and a devoted husband and father.

A memorial celebration of Fred's life will be held for family and friends in Sarasota in February.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .

Published in the The Advocate on Jan. 24, 2013