Fred Wissing '59 Leaves Bequest to SI
Commander USNR (Ret.) Frederick M. Wissing, SI '59, died Jan. 15, 2002, at the Naval Hospital in Guam after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60.
Commander Wissing had stayed in touch with SI over the years, attending class reunions and meeting for lunch from time-to-time with his former SI physics teacher, Fr. Richard Spohn, SJ. "Fr. Spohn was an important influence on my brother," said Donald Wissing of Reno, Nevada.
So was the school, he added. "Fred felt SI prepared him for life."
Commander Wissing imbedded his appreciation for SI in his will, leaving a generous bequest to the school.
The two brothers spent their early years in San Francisco on 45th Avenue and Point Lobos near the Cliff House, a fog-shrouded neighborhood that, his brother suggested, might have been one reason Fred enjoyed sun-drenched Navy assignments such as Guam.
After SI, Fred graduated from SCU with a degree in economics and became a commissioned officer through Navy ROTC. As a naval officer, he worked in dry dock ship repair administration in the Philippines and was transferred to the Navy Shipyard in Guam in 1977. He retired from the Navy in 1998 after 28 years of service.
He continued at what is now the Guam Government Shipyard until his death. His obituary hinted at his sociability, noting that he would "be dearly missed by all his friends at Suzie's Tavern and the United Seaman's Club in Piti."
Of his bequest to SI, Donald said, "He wanted to remember those who helped him."
SI is honored to enroll the late Commander Frederick M. Wissing as a posthumous member of SI's Carlin Society.
For information on joining the Carlin Society, call Joe Vollert, Vice President for Development, at 731-7500 ext. 214.