Frederick C. Copeland, Jr ’64 died on June 18, 2022, in Hartford, Connecticut.
(The following was provided by the Hartford Courant on June 26, 2022)
Frederick C. Copeland, Jr. (Rick) died June 18, 2022, in Hartford, CT. He was 80 years old. He was born in Ithaca, NY, on September 9, 1941, to his parents, Frederick C. Copeland and Caroline Day Copeland. He is survived by his wife, Susan J. Copeland, his son, Timothy F. Copeland, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Marie Copeland, and their children, Addison, Spencer, and Scarlett Copeland, his daughter, Eleanor Chester (Chessie) Lawson, and her children, Jordan, Haley and Preston Lawson, his brother, Winsor R. Copeland, his sister, Emily C. Leary, and several cousins. He attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA, and after graduating from Bowdoin College in 1964, he enrolled in the business graduate program at Columbia University, following which he began his successful career in the financial world. His professional acumen and personal appeal drew him to London, England, Houston, TX, and then, with children, to Taipei, Taiwan, and Toronto, Canada, as president and CEO of Citibank Canada, before settling in Hartford, CT, working as president and CEO of Fleet Bank NA and then as president and CEO of Aetna International, Inc. During his time in Connecticut, Frederick also held the positions of Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Taiwan Greater China Fund as well as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for SCM Trust. Most recently he worked with Far East National Bank and had just recently retired from his position as Chairman of Amerant Bancorp Inc. He was highly praised for his contributions during all of his employments. In his personal life Rick was an avid gardener, creating beautiful gardens and landscaping at his homes in Avon, CT, Bayville, ME, Williamstown, MA, and Woods Hole, MA. He was also a passionate golfer and member at institutions like the Hartford Golf Club and the Boothbay Harbor Country Club as well as the Taconic Club in Williamstown, MA. Rick volunteered his time and leadership significantly to many organizations such as the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Design and Decorative Arts Council at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT, the Connecticut Historic Landmarks Society, and Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Inc., as well as the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Most recently he was intimately involved in a community effort to revive the property and business of the historic Five Corners Store in S. Williamstown, MA. Burial will take place in Boothbay Harbor, ME in July followed by a memorial service in September at the Hartford Golf Club. The dates and times of services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor can be made to the Wadsworth Museum of Art, 600 Main St., Hartford CT.