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Frederick Fowler Jr.: 1933-2012

February 15, 2012


Frederick V. Fowler, Jr., age 78, of Wayland, MA, died February 9, 2012.

Born in 1933, Frederick Jr. was the oldest of four children born to Priscilla Standish Coffin Fowler and Frederick V. Fowler, Sr. of Newton, MA. Frederick Jr. attended Newton High School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Boston University class of 1955 where he was a member of Air Force ROTC and Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity. Frederick was married in 1959 and is survived by his wife Nancy White Fowler and son Frederick Fowler, III of Wayland, MA, his daughter Cynthia Fowler Francis, son-in-law David Francis and grandchildren, Haley and Kelley Francis all of York, ME.

His sisters Carolyn Cummings of Winchester, MA, and Susan Apsey of Granthan, NH, and his brother Richard Fowler of Natick, MA, also survive Frederick. After completing his active duty Air Force, Frederick began his career as a salesman at the Fred V. Fowler Co Inc. in 1959, eventually purchasing the company from his father and relocated it from Auburndale Square to its present location on Rowe Street in Newton. Under Fredericks leadership, the company grew dramatically and today, Fowler Precision Tools are used everyday at thousands of high-precision manufacturing companies across North America.

Frederick was active in his industry, serving as president of the American Measuring Tool Manufacturers Association (AMTMA), Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Member of the National Machine Tool Builders Association (NMTBA). Frederick remained an avid pilot his entire life serving in the Air Force Reserves until 1978, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He owned and flew his own plane for many years and was a member of the National Business Aircraft Association, National Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Air Force Association and Reserve Officers Association. He was also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

His family would like Frederick to be remembered as the gentleman he was, full of life, energetic, enthusiastic and generous. He will be greatly missed by all those who were blessed to have known him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fredericks name to the Melanoma Research Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Attn: Devon Ficker, 165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. For information regarding arrangements friends may contact the Fowler Company at (617) 332-7004. Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. For online condolences please visit www.johncbryantfuneralhom.com
(Obituary via the The Wayland Town Crier )