Fred R. Coryell ’50

Fred R. Coryell ’50 died on April 24, 2022, in Newburyport, Massachusetts

(The following was provided his family)

Fred R. Coryell, 96, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, passed away on April 24, 2022. He was born on June 10, 1925, in Boston.

Fred grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut, graduating from Hall High School in 1943. He was active in the Boy Scouts and was an Eagle Scout. After high school, Fred served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, serving as a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber.

After his military service, Fred attended Bowdoin College on the G.I. Bill, graduating in the Class of 1950, with an A.B. in economics. He was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity at Bowdoin. While in college, Fred met his future wife, Eleanor, and they married in 1951. After college, Fred began a career in the insurance industry, retiring from CIGNA in 1986. He also earned a master’s degree in Business Adminstration from Suffolk University in Boston, and held several professional certifications, including Certified Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

Fred and Eleanor raised two sons, and lived in New Britain, CT, Rochester, NY,  Pittsburgh, PA, North East, PA, before moving to Newburyport in 1966. Fred and his family were members of Central Congregational Church, and he had served on the church’s board of trustees, and as church auditor. He also served on the board of directors and as vice president of the Old Newbury Historical Society and Museum.

Fred had many interests, including fishing, skiing, photography, canoeing, and travel. He and Eleanor particularly enjoyed spending time at their summer cabin in Washington, Maine, and entertained many of their friends there. One of Fred’s special hobbies was collecting antique fire memorabilia, and he attended a number of conventions related to that subject. He was a member of the Hand Fire Engine Society of Newbury, the Benevolent Order of Elks Lodge No. 909 of Newburyport, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Fire Mark Circle of America.

Fred also had a second career with the Internal Revenue Service, and he retired for good at age 80 in 2005. Eleanor, his wife of sixty-one years, passed in 2013.   For the past several years, he had been living alone, with his cat, Charlie.

Fred is survived by his sons, Bruce Coryell (Susan), of Lisbon Falls, Maine, and Steven Coryell (Kate) of Newburyport, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Laurence and Gwen Coryell, and his wife, Eleanor.

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