Fred has thirty years of experience in the chemical industry. He started his career in 1965 as a process engineer at the E.I duPont deNemours and Co. Old Hickory Works in Tennessee. In 1967 he returned to Texas to work for Dow Chemical Company in Freeport. While working for Dow over the next 28 years, he enjoyed a multi-faceted career that included research, operations, design, engineering, construction, and support services. He had the unique opportunity of supervising the pilot plant that defined the unit operations of a manufacturing process for a commercial chemical product. He then joined the team that designed the plant in Texas, engineered it in Rotterdam, Holland, and constructed it in Stade, Germany. After construction was completed, he participated in the start-up and operation of the plant to produce 300 million pounds/year of the product.
After returning to Freeport, he served as the superintendent of a manufacturing plant, manager of the Dow world-wide maintenance information system, and was responsible for organizing, staffing, training, and managing a 250-man mobile, self-managed maintenance unit serving the entire Dow site at Freeport. Immediately prior to his retirement from Dow, he organized and trained an international cadre of reliability engineers to significantly reduce maintenance costs while increasing manufacturing plant reliability. In 1995 Fred retired from Dow and returned to Waco. Since returning to Waco he has worked at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center as Safety and Environmental Coordinator. Currently he is working at TCEQ.
Fred was born and raised in Waco. He earned a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering (Ch. E.) from Texas A. & M. After graduation in 1963, he spent two years on active duty in the U.S. Army. While working at Dow, Fred earned an M. E. Degree in Ch.E. from Texas A. & M. His wife, daughter, and son are Baylor graduates. He and Nancy have two grandchildren. In Brazoria County, Fred participated in youth and public service activities, serving on the charter boards of Habitat for Humanity and Community Foundation. He has also served on the boards of the Waco Symphony and Stilwell Retirement Center. Fred is a Baylor Alumni by Choice and a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.