Frederic G. Dalldorf ’54 died on June 3, 2023, in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
(The following was provided by the News & Observer on June 8, 2023)
Pittsboro, North Carolina – Frederic Gilbert Dalldorf, 91, finished his time on earth on June 3, 2023. He passed away peacefully at his residence at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro in the company of his family.
The son of two physicians, Fred grew up in Voorheesville, New York, along with his sister, Liz. He attended the Milne School, followed by Bowdoin College and Cornell Medical School. He met and married his first wife, Joanna Stein, in medical school. The couple matched at UNC, moving – according to their friends – past the end of the earth to North Carolina in 1959. Fred spent the rest of his life near Chapel Hill except for a several year stint in the US Army where he was introduced to white t-shirts and black socks, which he wore almost every day thereafter. He became a professor of pathology at UNC and, though he enjoyed research, he relished teaching medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy students. He was sometimes feared but usually revered by his students and won multiple teaching awards through the years. He raised three children by whom he was also sometimes feared but usually revered. After retirement, he and Jo moved to Talbryn outside Chapel Hill. Jo tragically passed away in 2005 and Fred was a bit rudderless until he had the good fortune to meet his second wife, Jane Bultman. They were married and spent many wonderful years in Chapel Hill and traveling the world before settling at Galloway Ridge, where Jane continues to reside.
Fred was always outspoken, loud, and hysterical. He could be a bit intimidating to children, students, and small adults but had a true heart of gold. Fred was instrumental in the Head Start MED program at UNC and established scholarships at both Bowdoin and UNC for those in financial need. He volunteered to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. At the NC Zoo, he assisted the veterinary staff with autopsies and worked the Smart Carts frequently. He loved Carolina sports, traveling the world, mowing the grass, Oreo cookies, arguing politics, dogs, matching wits with squirrels, sports cars, CBS evening news, cutting down trees, obscure US history facts, a good cocktail, creative use of profanity, and embarrassing stories. What he most loved was Jane, his kids, his grandkids, and, of course, his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Jane Bultman Dalldorf, daughter Carolyn (husband James Barkley), daughter Sharon (husband Richard Fownes), son Peter Dalldorf (wife Christi), ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.