In Remembrance: Frederick Austin Clinton Jr. ’47E Died on April 9 2020

Frederick Austin Clinton Jr. passed away in his sleep shortly after midnight on April 9, 2020.  He lived a long and enjoyable life; enjoyable especially to all who knew or met him. Raised in Hartford, Connecticut, he received preparatory school education at Loomis School in Windsor, Connecticut, Class of 1944.  He graduated from Yale University in three years as an engineer and as a lieutenant JG in the US Navy, Class of 1947N. He proceeded to immediately pass his engineering registration exam with a perfect score; he was at that time the youngest registered engineer ever in Connecticut.

Fred (also known by family as “Bud” and “Freddo”) was a general contractor and also had engineering and interior design companies. He was a pioneer, on the East Coast, of “tilt-up concrete” construction and was a president of the Connecticut chapter of the AGC and a member of the American Arbitration Association.

He was an avid skier, traveling across this continent and the Alps in this pursuit. A proficient sailor (he had a master’s certificate), he sailed throughout the east coast of the United States and as far as Bermuda and the Virgin Islands.  

His love of travel was insatiable. Fred and his wife Marjorie (née Huselton) were engaged in Paris, France, while he was working on US government projects in Morocco and she was working for an American ad agency in Paris.  They traveled back to Europe several times and across the United States, from Maine to Alaska.

Throughout his life Fred loved performing in local dramatic clubs, singing in choral groups, and staying active with tennis and golf, always with his wife at his side. He was a gentle and good-humored father, who enjoyed including his family in all of his interests and encourage them to be fine students and good people. 

He is survived by his wife of almost 68 years, Marjorie; his three children,  David, Scott, and Sally; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

—Submitted by the family.

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