90 died at his home in Santa Barbara, on March 14, 2013. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia, in 1922. Fred met Dorothy Stauff Corey while they were attending Carnegie Mellon University, to whom he was married until her death in 1995 (49 years). His schooling was interrupted when he served in the Army Signal Corps in WWII. He enlisted as a private and rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He later served in the Korean War as an Army Aviator. He completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and later earned a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University.
Fred, an aerospace engineer, worked at Chance Vaught, later at Autonetics and Northrop Grumman, among others. He was responsible for avionics on the F-5, F-20, and YF-17 fighter aircraft and classified missile programs. He also taught engineering courses at UCLA and USC. Retiring in 1988, Fred worked as a consultant and taught classes at Santa Barbara City College. He was a member of the Cosmopolitan Club, the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and the Men's Garden Club of Santa Barbara.
Fred is survived by his four children; Carolyn, Christopher, Marilyn, and Claire; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and his brother Constantine Corey of Charlotte, North Carolina, and sister, Vivian White of Savannah, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Zegeer, Kaleel (Edna) Jamison, Aileen Corey, and a grandson, Jarrod S. Cochran.
He enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, traveling, and instructing others in computer operation. His memory lives on in the important contribution he made to the aerospace industry and in the hearts of his friends and family.
Memorial Services will be held at Valle Verde in Santa Barbara on Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute of Santa Barbara, the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, The United States Department of Veteran's Affairs, and/or the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara.