In memory of
Gary Fredricks
In memory of
Gary Fredricks
Gary Fredricks June 25, 1955 - July 20, 2020 The world lost a passionate advocate of natural resources July 20, 2020, with the passing of Gary Lee Fredricks at his home in Washougal, Wash. Gary was born June 25, 1955 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa to Verlin and Delores (Bappe) Fredricks. While earning a bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University (1980), Gary met the love of his life, Nancy Ross, in a botany class. They married July 15, 1978, in Clinton, Iowa. Gary and Nancy moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1980, eventually settling on acreage in Washougal. Throughout his life, nature nurtured Gary's soul. Gary devoted his career to the conservation of salmon species, primarily through his efforts to improve juvenile and adult passage conditions at mainstem lower Snake and lower Columbia River dams. He was also an accomplished wildlife photographer, lifelong avid birder, ready traveler, and successful elk hunter. In 1985, he joined the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency entrusted with managing living marine resources. Gary first worked at Bonneville Dam in the Smolt Monitoring Program, then took a position in the NMFS Portland Office in 1989. His expertise helped lead to the development and implementation of voluntary spill programs to pass juvenile fish downstream of dams and away from predatory fish; the development and installation of surface fish passage structures at many dams; and the development of screened juvenile bypass systems and adult fish ladder improvements. He also promoted the use of wire arrays at dams to reduce the impacts of avian predators. Gary contributed substantially to the agency's status review that led to listing of Snake River sockeye salmon as "Endangered," the first Endangered Species Act listing of a salmon or steelhead species on the West Coast. Perhaps Gary's greatest professional contribution was his mentoring of a generation of biologists as they worked on dam passage issues. He freely shared his knowledge and expertise with the many people he worked with during a career that spanned more than 35 years. Gary promoted collaboration, scientific rigor, and practical solutions to challenging issues in all aspects of his work. He retired from NMFS in December 2017. Gary will be profoundly missed and remembered by his family, friends, and the many biologists, engineers and others who had the good fortune to work with him. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Gary Fredricks
Gary Fredricks June 25, 1955 - July 20, 2020 The world lost a passionate advocate of natural resources July 20, 2020, with the passing of Gary Lee Fredricks at his home in Washougal, Wash. Gary was born June 25, 1955 in Sioux Rapids, Iowa to Verlin and Delores (Bappe) Fredricks. While earning a bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Iowa State University (1980), Gary met the love of his life, Nancy Ross, in a botany class. They married July 15, 1978, in Clinton, Iowa. Gary and Nancy moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1980, eventually settling on acreage in Washougal. Throughout his life, nature nurtured Gary's soul. Gary devoted his career to the conservation of salmon species, primarily through his efforts to improve juvenile and adult passage conditions at mainstem lower Snake and lower Columbia River dams. He was also an accomplished wildlife photographer, lifelong avid birder, ready traveler, and successful elk hunter. In 1985, he joined the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the federal agency entrusted with managing living marine resources. Gary first worked at Bonneville Dam in the Smolt Monitoring Program, then took a position in the NMFS Portland Office in 1989. His expertise helped lead to the development and implementation of voluntary spill programs to pass juvenile fish downstream of dams and away from predatory fish; the development and installation of surface fish passage structures at many dams; and the development of screened juvenile bypass systems and adult fish ladder improvements. He also promoted the use of wire arrays at dams to reduce the impacts of avian predators. Gary contributed substantially to the agency's status review that led to listing of Snake River sockeye salmon as "Endangered," the first Endangered Species Act listing of a salmon or steelhead species on the West Coast. Perhaps Gary's greatest professional contribution was his mentoring of a generation of biologists as they worked on dam passage issues. He freely shared his knowledge and expertise with the many people he worked with during a career that spanned more than 35 years. Gary promoted collaboration, scientific rigor, and practical solutions to challenging issues in all aspects of his work. He retired from NMFS in December 2017. Gary will be profoundly missed and remembered by his family, friends, and the many biologists, engineers and others who had the good fortune to work with him. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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