Fred E. Wells
WEATHER SERVICE EMPLOYEE
Fred E. Wells, 95, a meteorologist who spent 37 years with what became the National Weather Service before retiring in 1974, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 28 at Potomac Valley nursing home in Rockville. He was a Gaithersburg resident.
Mr. Wells retired from the Weather Service as a severe local storms project leader. Afterward he spent many years working for Montgomery County, recruiting volunteers for county services. He was also a volunteer for the Rockville Senior Center.
His memberships included Rockville United Methodist Church, the Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. He also was involved in scouting organizations.
Fred Ernest Wells was a native of Wichita, Kan., and a graduate of Texas A&M University. He served in the Army in a weather squadron in Italy during World War II.
The American Contract Bridge League named him a life master, and he played in bridge tournaments nationwide.
His first wife, the former C. Lenore Fling, died in 1968.
Survivors include his second wife, Margaret Cox Wells of Gaithersburg, whom he married in 1968; a son from his first marriage, Robert A. Wells of Gaithersburg; two stepchildren, John W. “Jack” Beck of Malvern, Pa., and Margaret B. Clark of Oil City, Pa.; six grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and four greatgreat