Fred M. Schwartz
August 28, 1932 – July 27, 2017
Fred M. Schwartz, age 84, of Portland, Oregon, passed away on July 27, 2017. Fred was born on August 28, 1932 to Fanny and Pascal Schwartz of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Fred graduated Hughes High School in 1951. He joined the Navy and served in the Korean War aboard the Diphda, an attack class supply ship. After being honorably discharged in 1955 he enrolled at the University of Cincinnati where he majored in Geology and met his future wife, Esther Casuto.
Fred and Esther married in 1959. Their son, Todd Adam Schwartz, was born in 1962 and daughter, Gail Frances Schwartz, in 1967. Fred, Esther and Todd moved to Los Angeles in 1963 where Fred went to work in aerospace for the next seventeen years. In 1980, Fred pursued an opportunity with Walt Disney Enterprises where he used his expertise in project management to help build Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida.
In 1986 Fred and Esther started Business Solutions Unlimited, a computer and business systems consulting firm. Around the same time Fred was contacted by the University of Phoenix to become an Adjunct Professor of Business in their newly launched online campus. He was invited to help develop the business curricula. Fred continued his online teaching career well after he and Esther retired to the central Oregon coast in 1998 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
While living on the central coast of Oregon Fred pursued his passion for Freemasonry. He was raised to the degree of Master Mason in his father’s Lodge in Cincinnati. He joined Taft Lodge #200 in Lincoln City, Oregon and served as Master for several years. During the next few years, he served as a District Deputy, as the Grand Lodge Representative to the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel, and as Grand Chaplain of Oregon under Past Grand Masters Ed Bousquet and Mike Wick. He was a member of Beaverton Lodge #100 at the time of his death.
During Fred’s youth in Cincinnati, he obtained his amateur radio license and served as part of the Queen City Emergency Communications Network. He was an avid bridge player and enjoyed fencing during his days at the University of Cincinnati. He was also a stamp collector and became the family genealogist.
He never lost his curiosity for new things and experiences. At the young age of 84 he became a Bar Mitzvah. His family was the most important thing in his life. He will always be loved, held in cherished memories and greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of almost 58 years, Esther; his son, Todd; his daughter, Gail.; his three grandchildren, Moriah, Joshua and Kaylen, his brother, Jerry Schwartz of Los Angeles, his niece, Elissa Ben-Naim of Los Angeles, and his nephew, Paul Schwartz, of Chandler, Arizona.
Should you wish to honor Fred’s memory with a charitable donation, please consider the Oregon Food Bank or the Oregon Health & Sciences University Foundation.
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