Stephen Frederick, educator

Stephen E. Frederick
Stephen E. Frederick
Posted: July 26, 2013

Stephen E. Frederick, 66, of Lansdale, a leader of North Penn High School for many years and an enthusiastic participant in local music groups, died Saturday, July 20, of cancer at his home.

"My dad's life was about music and education, and the things that flowed from that," said his daughter Stephanie K. "He was a man who nurtured others."

Mr. Frederick spent his career as a school administrator and teacher. He started out as North Penn High School's band director in 1971, a post he held for 18 years.

From 1990 to 1992, he was an assistant principal at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. He was principal for two years at the former Penndale Junior High School before returning to North Penn High School as assistant principal in 1994.

"He said he never worked a day in his life," recalled his wife, the former Dorothy Spence. "He loved what he did, and he made it fun for everyone."

Mr. Frederick rose to associate principal at North Penn High in 1998 and to principal in 2001 before retiring in 2003.

Born in Lock Haven, Pa., he graduated from Lock Haven High School. He graduated from what is now West Chester University with a bachelor's degree in music education and later received a master's degree in secondary-school administration from Villanova University.

Mr. Frederick was active in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Montgomery County Concert Band, which he cofounded.

In retirement, he acted as a consultant for Youth Education in the Arts, in Allentown, and a supervisor of student teachers at West Chester.

Although his favorite instrument was the clarinet, "he could play anything," his wife and daughter said.

His hobbies included traveling, riding his motorcycle, and telling corny jokes.

He and his wife met at West Chester. They were married 45 years.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Karen E. Diehl; two grandchildren; a sister; two nephews; and a niece.

A visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at North Penn High School's auditorium, 1340 Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale. A life celebration is at 2 p.m. Interment is private.

Contributions may be made to the Montgomery County Concert Band, Box 232, Hatfield, Pa. 19440, or the Stephen E. Frederick Music Award, Attn: Mike Britcher, 1340 Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, Pa. 19446.

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