Frederic James Pond
Frederic James Pond passed away on November 11, 2022, age 78 years, after a lengthy battle with colorectal cancer. Fred was born in Saginaw, on February 29, 1944, the son of Fred W. and Eunice Mary (Enszer) Pond. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School, Class of 1962. Fred graduated from the University of Michigan in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts and from the University of Rochester in 1972 with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biopsychology. He held research positions first at Yale University as a post-doctoral fellow and then at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut as a Research Associate. He was the lead or associate author of numerous professional publications.
The loss of a research grant forced him into a new career as an accounting manager in retail. He held positions as Assistant Controller at Read’s Department Stores in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Director of Accounts Payable and Price Change at G. Fox and Company, Hartford, Connecticut. In 1984, he joined Bloomingdale’s in New York City and was eventually named an Operating Vice President. Fred completed his career in accounting as a recovery auditor with Connolly Consulting Associates in Atlanta, Georgia.
Fred was an avid reader of psychology, biology, American history and religious philosophy. He enjoyed Broadway Theater, especially musical theater, and music of different genres. Following his mother’s death, he continued her genealogical research and expanded it to include the Pond family whose roots reach back to the Winthrop Fleet of 1630.
Fred is survived by a brother Robert Allen and his wife Lynn, who reside in Chicago, Illinois. He was also survived by an aunt, Earldine Foor, who resides in Midland, Michigan, and numerous cousins. He was predeceased by his mother (1995) and his father (1998). He was also predeceased by many friends who left us at far too young an age.
In accordance with Fred’s wishes, he has been cremated and inurned in the Oakwood Mausoleum. It was also Fred’s wish that there be no visitation or funeral service. Those wishing to honor Fred’s memory can do so with a contribution to Wellspring Lutheran Hospice Services or to colorectal cancer research through organizations such as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance.