1926 - 2013
Regis Frederick Leipertz, long time resident of Port Jefferson, New York, died this past fall on sunday Oct 6, 2013, in Lake Worth Florida. He was 87 years old.
Fred was born on May 21,1926 in New Kensington, PA. He served his country at the end of WW II in the US Army Air Corps. On his return from service he studied science at Penn State University where he also played football. Fred completed his degree in chemistry and physics at Central Methodist University, in Fayette MO.
After working several years as a research chemist in the St. Louis area, Fred relocated to Port Jefferson with his first wife Marjorie and their children, Steven and Joyce. He joined the faculty of Earl L Vandermeulen High School where he enjoyed a 35 year tenure teaching physics. He was often in attendance at school functions, football and basketball games as a faculty chaperone. Fred and his family were members of the Port Jefferson Methodist Church and later on, The Stonybrook Methodist Church.
Being an avid boater and fisherman, Fred helped to establish and build the original Mount Sinai Yacht Club, where he served as commodore in the late 1960's.
In 1980, Fred together with his second wife Elaine and architect David Campbell, designed and built the "Earth House" in Clayton, GA. This was a log framed house with a hyperbolic paraboloid sod roof. Inside a winding rhododendron staircase was showcased. The entire structure consisted of materials and timbers from the surrounding property. This innovative house was a source of pride for the whole family.
After retiring from teaching, Fred made his home in both Franklin, NC and Lake Worth FL with his third wife Diana. While living in North Carolina, he became an avid rock hound and collector. He even taught himself to cut and facet gem stones! Both Fred and Diana loved rambling in the NC mountains in pursuit of stones unique to their area.
Fred is survived by his wife of ten years, Diana Leipertz, his friend and second wife Elaine Norde, his children; Dr. Steven Leipertz, Ms. Joyce Leipertz, Dr. Max Medary, Ms. Holly Wagner, Dr. Lara Abrahamson, and his 13 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at St. Thomas More Church, on saturday November 9th, 2013, in Boyton Beach FL. A military honor guard was present.
Published on NYTimes.com from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2014