Fred Proudfoot

Lt. Colonel Fred William Proudfoot, USAF/USA (Retired)
July 21, 1934 – September 10, 2016

Fred W. Proudfoot, 82, of Bryan, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Private services will be held at a later date to honor his life. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers Bryan-College Station.

Fred was born to William Dusek and Beatrice Proudfoot-Dusek in Mission, Texas on July 21, 1934. He was raised in Chicago, Il. and graduated from Northwestern University. He married Charlotte Lorraine Pahl of Chicago and then spent the next twenty-three years in the U.S. Air Force, traveling mostly in east Asia. Of all the places he traveled and lived while in the military, his favorite was Japan. While there, he and his wife Charlotte began their hobby of raising and showing Persian cats. He also had a lifelong love other animals, (especially snakes, big cats, raptors and German Shepherd dogs). After he retired from Air Force active duty, he moved to Bryan to attend Texas A&M University, graduating with a Masters degree in Education. He retired from the Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and taught in the Bryan school district, teaching 9th grade science at Stephen F. Austin. He later rejoined the military, as a U.S. Army recruiter, for nine years.

Fred’s love to talk and his interest in all people and all things, made him a good recruiter and a gregarious conversationalist. “Never met a stranger” described him perfectly. His favorite activities and interests were talking, politics, non-fiction books, classical music (especially Beethoven) and animals. Although he did not play an instrument, his mother had given him an education in classical music and he instilled a love of music in his daughters, as well as his love for the natural world.

He and his wife Charlotte had been married for fifty-eight years this past June. Preceding him in death are his parents and his step-brother Harold Wiedemann.

His survivors include his wife Charlotte Proudfoot; his daughters Dr. Suzanne Proudfoot, and Lorraine Proudfoot Gilman, son-in-law Don Gilman, and his two grandchildren David and Alyssa Gilman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Aggieland Humane Society at

Expression of condolences can be made at

For more information contact 

Callawy-Jones Funeral & Cremation Centers

3001 S College Avenue
Bryan, TX 77801
United States (US)
Phone: (979) 822-3717


  1. I was so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was one of our oldest friends. We have fond memories of him. We will be thinking of you all in this time of loss.

  2. Fred was a relative. He was a good man and very kind, loved animals and that I always enjoyed about him. He encouraged reading and learning. He will be missed by his family.

  3. Charlotte,
    I am thinking of you this morning as I just got news about Fred. It was nice to visit
    with you last Thursday at Ozonia along with some others from our South Knoll school family.
    Please know thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Charlotte,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. Take care and I hope to see you soon.
    Becky Wilson

  5. Charlotte,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. Take care and I hope to see you soon.

  6. Charlotte, I am so saddened to learn of your husband’s passing. Please know that you and your family will be in my prayers.

  7. Charlotte, Suzy and Lorrie,

    I want to extend my sympathy at your loss. My association with Fred was professional and so many years ago–maybe 36 yrs ago–but I remember his genius, his long career in the military, and his desire to teach young people, given the many experiences he had in his life. I am thinking of you this week.

  8. Remembering his sense of humor, ecology awareness and his talks about violin making.
    Please remember … We are always here for you.
    May our memories and our prayers give you peace and comfort

    Vita Marie, Ricardo, José & Felipe Othick

  9. Charlotte and family,
    Fred always had interesting stories to tell during pool exercise and he even
    taught us some basic Japanese phrases. As ROTC instructor, he was also a
    well-liked colleague of mine on the SFA faculty. May the angels make sure
    the heavenly pool temperature is always ‘just right’ for him.

  10. Charlotte, Lori, & Suzy,
    Just heard this today. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Although he was definitely outnumbered at the house, he always seemed to be in the middle of everything and every conversation.
    Love you all.

  11. Hello Charlotte,
    We taught together at the beginning of my teaching career in College Station. I have often thought about you and your guidance, generosity, and help as I found my way. You were a mentor and I so appreciate your help with making me the teach I grew to be. I still have the pins you made for me for the holidays! I am so sorry for your loss, and as the years go by I realize the importance of relationships and I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. With much affection, Audrey Drew
    Anchorage, Alaska

  12. Charlotte, Suzy, Lori, and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am certainly thinking of you and your family and will remember you in my prayers. He will be missed. The thing that I remember most about Fred is when you and he went on your cruise. It was just perfect for him. I really do miss you and your family and the great sense of humor with all the stories. Love you all.

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