Herman Fredman

Herman Bernard (Fred) Fredman Herman Bernard (Fred) Fredman died Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at Hospice Austin's Christopher House. He was 90 years old. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy E. Fredman of Rockville, MD, wife Irene Travis of Austin, stepson, Lyn Travis of Cedar-Park, stepdaughter, Sonya Travis Goldman of Toronto, Canada, their four children, Liam, Gaelyn, Leah and Marshall, and his nieces, Penny Ketner of San Jose, CA and Stacey Fredman of Salt Lake City, UT. His brother, Norman Fredman, of San Jose, CA, preceded him in death. Fred grew up in Los Angeles and received his undergraduate degree at UCLA. He completed his graduate work in Japanese history at the University of California, Berkeley. Fred was a soldier and a storyteller, who devoted his life to the defense of the United States as an intelligence operative and analyst for the military and various agencies. He served in World II, Korea and Viet Nam. He retired in 1990 from Planning Research Corporation in McLean, VA, where he met his wife Irene. After his retirement Fred wrote science fiction and continued his life-long work of understanding the world. His friends and family remember him as a subtle, imaginative, insightful and complex gentleman, often fierce, with a wide-ranging intellect and a deep devotion to those he loved. His family would like to thank the many people who helped care for him in the last few months of his life and the staff of Christopher House for their knowledgeable and kind support at the end.


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Nov. 25, 2012