Frederick M. Zinser, Jr. '51
Frederick “Fred” M. Zinser, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully in his home on Dataw Island, SC on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
Fred was born on May 12, 1928 in Queens, New York to the late Frederick M. Zinser, Sr. and Elsie Mueller Zinser.
Fred spent his childhood in Maspeth, NY before serving in the army at age 17. Just two weeks before Fred left for Japan, he met his bride to be, Dorothy Nowatzy, on a blind date. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on August 19, 2013.
Fred attended the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and graduated in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering later pursuing a master’s of business administration at New York University.
Fred had a successful 42-year career, primarily covering all aspects of the copper telephone cable manufacturing business, both domestically and internationally, initially with Anaconda, then with Essex and United Technologies. Fred achieved the title President of the Telecommunications Products Division.
Fred had a lifelong hobby of collecting model trains. He shared this hobby with his son, making a layout under the Christmas tree each year.
In the mid 70’s, Fred obtained his private pilot’s license. He and Dorothy spent many hours flying to airports in Illinois and visiting family on the east coast, continuing to fly after moving to South Carolina.