Dr. Frederick G. Duerr, 82, passed away in his sleep at the home of his daughter Jennifer on September 24, 2017.
Fred was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1935. His main interests in life were music and science, with other interests including literature (especially science fiction), environmental conservation, and herbal remedies. After leaving high school early, he went on to earn a BS and later a PhD in Biology (Comparative Physiology) from the University of Minnesota in 1965. He was always interested in “what makes critters tick, and why they live where they do and not somewhere else” and his research was often directed toward metabolic relationships between parasites and their hosts. He loved teaching and continued doing so well into his late 70s. He taught STEM subjects at various universities and community colleges for over 50 years, having held tenure at two—the University of North Dakota and the University of South Dakota. After retiring to the Oregon coast, he gave public presentations at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR, and was proud that when his health started to decline, several of his nurses were former students.
During his lifetime he was a keyboard player in the Wurst Band of Grand Forks, which was a popular wedding dance band in North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Over the years he also played clarinet in several symphony orchestras, including the Grand Forks Symphony and the East Oregon Symphony, and clarinet or saxophone in several bands.
He married his first wife, Eleanor Whittier Harvey (now deceased) in 1954. He married Diana Lapp (also deceased), on August 22, 2002.
He is survived by his four daughters with Eleanor-Ruth Duerr, Anne Diamos, Jennifer Duerr-Jenkins, and Dr. Rebecca Duerr, plus two grandsons and a beloved chocolate labrador retriever named Sadie.
A celebration of his life will be held next summer in Newport, Oregon, where he lived until shortly before his passing.