Dr. C. Frederick Lavender passed on Nov. 5, 2013, after a brief illness. He is sorely missed by his wife Jeanne, his daughters Jane (Bob), Mary (Milton), Patricia, and his protégé and “adopted” daughter Maya, in addition to grandchildren Anne, Beth (James), Emma, Clark (Shanna), Nathan, and his first great-grandchild Madeline.
He was born in 1922 in Mansfield, Ohio, to a horse and buggy doctor and his wife. Fred achieved Phi Beta Kappa and medical society honors in both undergraduate and medical schools. He served in the U.S. Army, then moved to Sandusky, opening the first Pediatric practice in Erie County with his childhood friend Bill Seiler.
After retirement Fred’s wife, Mary Ann died in 1992. He met and married Jeanne and moved to Florida.
Fred began his commitment to volunteerism in his childhood, achieving Eagle Scout. As an adult he volunteered in Ohio and Florida with both adults and children in literacy, libraries, music/arts, environmental issues in local and state parks, as a Guardian ad Litem, foster kids, and Take Stock in Children, as well as a medical volunteer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, polio vaccine campaign, and hospital boards.
Contributions may be made in Fred Lavender’s name to the Volunteer Center of Erie County, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.