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Obituary (CA): Frederick Anthony Ulam II '45

Posted on 05/21/2018

Frederick Anthony Ulam, II  (1922-2018)

Frederick Anthony Ulam was born July 8, 1922, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died on March 29, 2018, of congestive heart failure at Ventura Community Hospital. He was ninety-five.

His parents were Frederick Anthony Ulam and Eleanor Frances Barrett Ulam of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He was from a family of six children, two sisters, Eleanor and Patricia, three brothers, Thomas, John, Richard.

Fred graduated from U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in the class of 1945. Because of the need for naval officers in World War II, the midshipmen were matriculated in 1944.

During World War II, Fred served aboard the naval destroyers the U.S.S. Norman Scott and the U.S.S. John C. Butler. His ship was part of the Third and Fifth Fleets supporting the assaults in the Philippines, as well as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

He served in the Korean War and was Aide to the Naval Admirals at the Korean War Armistice talks between 1951 and 1953.

Fred worked as an Engineer at the Point Mugu Naval Missile Range for 25 years and finished his career working for McLaughlin Associates Engineering Firm before retiring.

In 1946, Fred met and married Sarah Bowers Beatty. Sarah was a Wave, working at the Balboa Naval Hospital, in Balboa, California. Fred and Sarah moved to Ventura in 1958 . They were married for just over 65 years. Fred and Sarah loved traveling and spent time visiting every state in the United States except North Dakota.

Fred was active at both San Buenaventura Mission (60 years), and Ventura Community Presbyterian Church (30 years), He worked tirelessly to help needy families by donating his time to the "Food for Needy Families Program" with the church every week. Always grateful to God for his life, he spent many evenings serving others at the food kitchen on the cleanup detail, where he washed pots and pans.

Fred is survived by daughters Angeline Barrett and son in law Frank Nelson; daughter Sarah Vail; Daughter Martha Ulam Helms and son in law Michael Helms; son Frederick Anthony Ulam III and daughter in law Judy Ulam; daughter Susannah Ulam Stone and son in law Chuck Stone. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Jason Brown and wife Jennifer Rose; Alex Frick, Uriel Ulam Bennett, Renata Stone, Elijah Stone and wife Trisha Stone; Christopher Ategeka Helms; Tristan Helms; Sage Stone and wife Becca Stone; Hillary Helms Kelly and husband Martin Kelly. Great grandchildren Brianna Matyi; Trevor Matthew Helms Ategeka; Tyler Bennett; Lucas Bennett; and Heath Stone.

A memorial service will be held at the San Buenaventura Mission on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., immediately followed by a reception at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Published in Ventura County Star on May 19, 2018