Frederick G. Wiegand Capt USN (Ret)
MD, HMD, FACOBGYN
October 21, 1921 - February 10, 2017
Frederick Wiegand, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, died in his Raleigh home at age 95 on February 10th, 2017. Fred was educated in Clifton, NJ schools, Blair Academy, Yale University, and Hahnemann Medical College.
Graduating from medical school during World War II, Fred joined the regular US Navy and stayed for twenty-one years through World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Aside from a two-year Korean War assignment as the Senior Medical Officer on the USS Shenandoah, his work in the Navy consisted of providing obstetrical and gynecological care to Navy personnel and military dependents. Fred's US Navy medical services included teaching responsibilities as the Chief of Gynecology for the resident training program at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA and as the Director of the residency training program at the US Naval Hospital in Chelsea, MA. While stationed in Chelsea, Fred had reciprocal teaching experience as Assistant Clinical Professor at Boston University School of Medicine and as a clinical instructor at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Following retirement from the Navy as a Captain, Fred spent five years in California in private practice until he decided to return to teaching in North Carolina. He became the Director of the OBGYN teaching service at Wake County Memorial Hospital (now WakeMed) in Raleigh where medical students and OBGYN residents from UNC-CH were sent for their practical training. As such, he was a faculty member of the UNC School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His work with Wake and UNC-CH included the first obstetrical ultrasounds, the first laparoscopic surgeries and the first colposcopies for early detection of uterine cancer. One of Fred's proudest moments was in 1982 when he received the OBGYN Chief Residents' Award for excellence in resident teaching. He retired as a tenured Associate Professor from UNC and Wake after forty years in medicine.
According to Fred, "the smartest thing he ever did was to marry Jean Henderson, the spark plug of his family." They met and married during WWII when Jean was in the first class of women Marines. She finished her military career stationed in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where she typed the WWII Japanese surrender papers in 1945. They were married for fifty-four wonderful years that included fourteen changes of residence and the raising of four children, all supervised by Jean. After all of their relocations from US coast to coast, they chose Raleigh to be their permanent home in 1969 and enjoyed decades of world travel and vacationing at Atlantic Beach, NC.
Fred always acted with integrity and thoughtful kindness. He was a natural teacher, a loyal friend, a devoted husband and an encouraging father and grandfather. He lived all of his days with purpose, sharing himself with warmth, generosity and humor. Fred cheered all he met and his well-lived life has been an inspiration to all who loved him.
Predeceased by his true love Jean in 2000, Fred was greatly cherished by his family and is survived by his four children: daughter Lee, son Steve (wife Beth), son Paul (wife Giannina), daughter Joyce (husband Tim Morton); eight grandchildren: Mike (wife Roxanne), Kate, Emily Wiegand Sewer (wife Jules Sewer), Zach (fiancé Sarah Hardy), Rebecca (fiancé Kaylie Yankura) Sarah Pope (husband Josh Pope), Davis Morton and Evan Morton; and three great-grandchildren: Luciana, Jonah Wiegand Sewer and Mason.
We will celebrate Fred's life with a memorial service at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608 on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 2:00.
Fred's children wish to thank his private duty caregivers, the Transitions LifeCare team, and the staff at Whitaker Glen for their generous attention and care as we helped Dad complete the last phase of his remarkable life journey.
Memorial donations may be made to:
(orig. Hospice Wake Co.)
250 Hospice Circle
Raleigh, NC 27607
Published in The News and Observer on Feb. 15, 2017.