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Fred Venditti's Obituary
Fred Venditti passed away Monday afternoon. As many RET members who visited the Vendittis know, his family has been in town, and he died among his family without prolonged suffering. Fred's passing is a huge loss for all his friends and family who loved him dearly. He was dedicated to rational thinking and humane actions and was an accomplished writer. His newly published novel and a forthcoming memoir can be purchased at www.1stbooks.com (search for "Venditti"). Fred's presence among us will be sorely missed.

The newspaper ran an obituary (see below), but there are no immediate plans for anything more. Fred's body will be cremated.

The obituary follows.


Venditti, Frederick Phillip--age 77--of Knoxville, died at home January 26th, 2004. Dr. Venditti was a teacher for forty years. He served in the army infantry during World War II. His memoir about this period of his life, An Unlikely Warrior, is in press. He taught and served as a teacher, counselor, and administrator in public schools in Colorado and Kansas for 14 years. He joined the faculty of the College of Education, (Department of Educational Administration and Supervision), University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1963 and retired from U.T.K. in 1989. At various times while at U.T.K. he served as director of the university┬╣s School Desegregation Assistance Center, Faculty Senate President, department head, and University Ombudsman. He was a secular humanist, one of the founders of Rationalists of East Tennessee, a local group of free thinkers, and member of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Curtis, and parents Dom and Mayme Venditti; and survived by his wife of 55 years, Anne; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Phillip Venditti and Yuna Min of Wenatchee, Washington; daughter and son-in-law, Peghi and Robert Thacker of Hamilton Square, New Jersey; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Ann and Col. Daniel Gale of Pueblo, Colorado; grandchildren, Ryan and Samuel Thacker, Amelia and Claire Min-Venditti, and Jessee Venditti; several nieces and nephews; and an abundance of friends and loved ones. At his wish there will be no memorial service at this time. At the family┬╣s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Rationalists of East Tennessee, PO Box 51634, Knoxville, TN 37950. Please contact Dave Buck for questions regarding donations: (865) 671-4222.

Posted by houston
Jan. 28, 2004