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November 12, 1932 - November 3, 2012 OKLAHOMA CITY Frederick Jonathan Bennett passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Fred was born on November 12, 1932, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Jonathan Bennett and Agnes Roe Bennett. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1954 and was commissioned into the United States Army as a first lieutenant. After completing Ranger training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he was sent to Fort Ord in Monterey, California, as a weapons instructor. While at Fort Ord, he was fortunate enough to be selected to appear as a weapons instructor in the Tab Hunter/Natalie Wood movie, "The Girl He Left Behind." In 1956, Fred was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army and began his long-term career in fund-raising as Alumni Fund Director at the University of New Hampshire. In 1962, he married Patricia Furr in Hartsville, South Carolina. Fred then spent the years from 1960 through 1967 working for professional fund-raising firms, focusing on major capital campaigns. In 1967, Fred was recruited, as a result of a successful fund-raising campaign in Omaha, Nebraska, to become the Senior Vice President of the Omaha National Bank. During this period, Fred and Pat became the parents of three sons, Michael Jonathan, Paul Andrew, and David Patrick. In 1978, Fred became Vice President of the University of Nebraska Foundation. While at the University of Nebraska Foundation, he surpassed the $25 million national capital campaign goal to raise a total of $55 million. Surpassing campaign goals was to become Fred's trademark. In 1980, he accepted a position at the University of Connecticut as President of the University of Connecticut Foundation and Director of Development for the University. In that leadership role, he launched a $25 million, five-year capital campaign that concluded two years early at $52 million. In 1990, Fred accepted a position as Vice President for University Affairs at the University of Oklahoma to lead Development, Alumni Relations, Legislative Relations, Special Events, and Media Services. When Fred was hired in 1990, the University of Oklahoma's $100 million Centennial Campaign was drawing to a close with approximately $80 million accumulated. Under Fred's direction, the University brought in another $70 million within the next year and closed the campaign at $150 million. In 1995, Fred accepted a position as Vice President for University Relations at the University of Texas at Arlington, a short-lived position when a new President arrived shortly thereafter and brought his own leadership team. In 1996, Fred married Marcia Moore Morris and moved to Oklahoma City. Fred completed his fund-raising career as Vice President for Development at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. There he coordinated the planning of OMRF's $100 million, five-year capital campaign until his retirement in 2000. Fred is survived by his wife, Marcia, of Oklahoma City; his sister, Barbara Bennett Elter, of Oklahoma City; sons and families: Michael and Kati Bennett, Colleen, Tim, and Stephen, of Greenwich, Connecticut; Paul and Dana Bennett, Grace and Nora, of Rochester, New York; and David Bennett, of Washington, D.C.; nieces and nephews: Justin and Shannon Moore Rossetter, Dreyton, Carter, and Pierce, of Golden, Colorado; Shane Moore, of Denver, Colorado; and Brittany Moore and Harlow, of Denver, Colorado; special family, Mrs. Elizabeth Brown and Valerie Williams, of Oklahoma City. And he will always be remembered by many, many friends and former colleagues, who loved and admired Fred for the wonderful, gracious, and kind man he was. A special thanks to the care giving staff at Legend at Council Road Memory Care/Reflections, especially to Nicole Williams and Barbara Strickland, for their devotion to Fred and the other Reflections' residents. Their lives were made so much better by the warmth and kindness of these two remarkable women. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at N.W. 50th and Grove, Oklahoma City, on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. The Mass will be followed by a celebration of Fred's life at the home of Fred and Marcia at 4722 Memory Lane. Visitation will occur at the Guardian Funeral Home West Chapel, 5820 N.W. 41st, Oklahoma City, on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the University of New Hampshire Foundation to the Fred J Bennett Scholarship Fund, 9 Edgewood Rd, Durham, NH 03824.

Published in The Oklahoman from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012
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