Frederick Lee Hawes

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Hawes, Frederick Lee Frederick Lee Hawes died Monday, September 10, 2012 at the age of 85. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 61 years, Florence Sissy Weld Hawes; his children Elizabeth Brown (Dennis), Marion Hawes, Noel Mangano (James) and Frederick Hawes Jr.; grandchildren Nathan, Edward and Elizabeth, Andrew and Marion, James and Florence, Frederick III, Elizabeth and Laura. Mr. Hawes was born and reared in Saint Louis. He attended Saint Louis Country Day School, and after graduation he joined the United States Navy. At the end of the war, he attended Princeton University, where he majored in Economics. He began his business career in the plastics industry. In 1965 he started Tetra Plastics, a plastics extrusion company. Tetra, a Greek word meaning four was founded on four fundamental principles: quality, service, innovation, and engineering. The company's customers spanned many industries including: refrigeration, snow ski, water ski, beverage distribution, nuclear energy, retail distribution, and athletic footwear. By attracting and motivating a strong management team, he built the company over the next twentyfive years into and enterprise known for exacting standards and cutting edge technology. He sold the company to Nike, Inc. Mr. Hawes was passionate about many things in life. He became an ardent fund raiser for the secondary schools that his children attended: Villa Duchesne and Saint Louis Priory. After his retirement he traveled extensively to Ampleforth, England, working closely with the Abbott to bring modern business practices to the monastic community. Passions changed as he went through life, from fund raising, to hiking and mountain climbing (reaching the summit of Mount Rainier), to tennis and golf and a continuous love of photography. He always had a Hasslblad, Leica, or Nikon nearby. Mr. Hawes spend the last years of his life at The Gatesworth, a place that gave him tremendous support and peace. Services: The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Church of the Annunziata in Ladue, 9305 Clayton Rd. at Cella Rd. on Friday, September 14 at 11 a.m. Private interment. No visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Washington University Medical School, please indicate preference for either the Hawes Fellowship - Cardiovascular Division or the Cochlear Implant Program, care of Mike Schroeder, Washington University, 7425 Forsyth Blvd., Suite 2100, St. Louis, MO 63105. A SERVICE OF THE LUPTON CHAPEL

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14, 2012
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