Lt. Gen. James F. Fret­terd

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FEDERALSBURG — Lt. Gen. (MD) James F. Fret­terd (ret.) of Federalsburg, Md., died Satur­day, Nov. 26, 2016, at his home; he was sur­rounded by his lov­ing daugh­ters, Laura and Linda, and his dot­ing care­giver, Theresa Gill Schroll. He was 86 years old.

Born in Staten Is­land, N.Y., Gen. Fret­terd was the son of the late James Vin­cent Fret­terd and Mil­dred El­iz­a­beth Hal­len­gren. His beau­ti­ful first lady and wife of 58 years, Ellen I. Fret­terd, died on Dec. 3, 2010.

Gen. Fret­terd served 52 years in the Mary­land Na­tional Guard, hav­ing joined the Mary­land Na­tional Guard’s Com­pany H 2nd Bat­tal­ion 115th In­fantry, 29th Di­vi­sion, in Fe­bru­ary 1951. He was ap­pointed ad­ju­tant gen­eral of Mary­land in Fe­bru­ary 1987 after hav­ing served more than six years as the as­sis­tant ad­ju­tant gen­eral. He was reap­pointed in 1990, 1994 and 1999, thus be­com­ing the sec­ond long­est serv­ing ad­ju­tant gen­eral since 1794.

A long­time res­i­dent of Caro­line County, Md., Gen. Fret­terd was a grad­u­ate of the U.S. Army’s Com­mand and Gen­eral Staff Col­lege, a grad­u­ate of the U.S. Army War Col­lege. He was also a 1999 grad­u­ate of the Col­lege of In­ter­na­tional and Se­cu­rity Stud­ies and the Ge­orge C. Mar­shall Euro­pean Cen­ter for Se­cu­rity Stud­ies. In 1987, he at­tended the Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tives Pro­gram in Na­tional and In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity at Har­vard Univer­sity. He earned a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree from the Univer­sity of the State of New York in Albany, N.Y. He chaired the Na­tional Guard Steer­ing Com­mit­tee on guard par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, which in­cludes over­sight of the State Part­ner­ship for Peace Pro­gram. He trav­elled ex­ten­sively to Europe, es­tab­lish­ing and so­lid­i­fy­ing Mary­land’s re­la­tion­ship with the Baltic Repub­lic of Es­to­nia, formerly part of the Soviet Union and Bos­nia.

Gen. Fret­terd was pro­moted to ma­jor gen­eral upon ap­point­ment as ad­ju­tant gen­eral and was fed­er­ally rec­og­nized shortly there­after. He re­ceived a State of Mary­land brevet pro­mo­tion to lieu­tenant gen­eral in De­cem­ber 1994. Among his many mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tions are the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Medal, the Le­gion of Merit and the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Cross, state of Mary­land. The gen­eral was named “Mary­lan­der of the Year” for 1998 by the Mary­lan­der Colo­nial So­ci­ety, re­ceived the first Louis V. Ko­er­ber Award for pa­tri­o­tism by the Na­tional Flag Day Foun­da­tion in 1999 and re­ceived an Hon­orary Doc­tor of Laws de­gree from the Univer­sity of Bal­ti­more on May 26, 2000. Gen. Fret­terd re­tired on Feb. 3, 2003. On March 3, 2005, he was awarded the cov­eted Speaker’s Mace Medal­lion pre­sented by the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates. The for­mer Mon­trose School for Girls was re­named Camp Fret­terd by the Mary­land Board of Public Works on May 17, 1992, and the for­mer Na­tional Guard Ar­mory in Den­ton (where Fret­terd first re­ceived his com­mis­sion) was re­named the Gen­eral James F. Fret­terd Com­mu­nity Cen­ter on Nov. 13, 2008.

Gen. Fret­terd is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Linda Earls (Chris) of Greens­boro, Md., and Laura Pa­trick (Bruce) of Har­ring­ton, Del.; and four grand­chil­dren, Am­ber Pa­trick (18), Ryan Pa­trick (16), Ryan Earls (24) and Mor­gan Earls (11). He was a de­voted and lov­ing fa­ther and grand­fa­ther who served his state and coun­try with pride.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m. Fri­day, Dec. 2, at the Fret­terd Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 107 S. Fourth St. in Den­ton, Md. There will be a public vis­i­ta­tion at the Fret­terd Com­mu­nity Cen­ter from 1 un­til 5 p.m. and from 6 un­til 8 on Thurs­day and one hour be­fore the ser­vice on Fri­day. CH (COL) Sean Lee of the Mary­land Na­tional Guard will of­fi­ci­ate. The in­ter­ment will be in the Bloomery Ceme­tery in Smithville, Md.

The fam­ily re­quests that, in lieu of flow­ers, friends make a do­na­tion to the James and Ellen Fret­terd Foun­da­tion at Na­tional Guard As­so­ci­a­tion of Mary­land, P.O. Box 16675, Bal­ti­more, MD 21221 to­ward ed­u­ca­tional schol­ar­ships for Mary­land Na­tional Guard sol­diers, air­men and their fam­i­lies. To of­fer on­line con­do­lences, please visit moore­fu­ner­al­homepa.com.

ARTIST POR­TRAIT BY LISA EGELI

JAMES F. FRET­TERD

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