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Vincent Arnold Frederick

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Vincent Arnold Frederick 9/30/20 ~ 11/27/02  A life of humble service and constant learning ended tragically November 27, 2002 when Vincent Arnold  Frederick was struck by a car. At 82, Vince still worked part time and walked to and from his home to the University of Utah Physics Library or the Mathematics Library. In 1992 Vince received the first University of Utah Presidential Staff Award for working 48 years, the longest service of a library employee. He not only located articles asked for by professors, but often translated those that were in a foreign language. Just after his 80th birthday in 2000, the University Physics Department had a reception honoring him and his efforts for the department. Vincent was born in Logan, Utah, September 30, 1920 to Dr. Hyrum John Frederick, a member of the Veterinary Medicine Department at Utah State, and Alfreda Lubrich Frederick. His mother was a convert baptized by his father when he served a mission in Germany. Vince graduated in Physics at Utah State, and attended graduate schools at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah. During World War II, he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Standards, and for the radiation laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, which developed the atomic bomb. After working a year on a petroleum exploration crew in Montana, he was recruited to work in the physics library by the then-head of the department, who had been in graduate school with Vince. Vince was preceded in death by a sister, Irma, who died in childhood, by his parents, sisters, Elfriede and Hilda, and brother, Harold. He is survived by a brother, Aaron David, whom he faithfully visited once or twice a week in a care center, and a niece, Imogene Brown. A Memorial for Vincent will be held by the Physics and Mathematics Departments on Friday, Dec. 6, at 1-2 p.m. in the Cowles Building, Room 219  
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2002
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