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Fred Monroe Zeder II

Fred Monroe Zeder II

Died: Friday, March 12, 2004
Age: 82
Ambassador Fred Monroe Zeder II, 82, of Pebble Beach Calif., died Friday, March 12, 2004, at Monterey Community Hospital.

He was born March 14, 1921, to Fred Morell Zeder and Lucille Monroe in East Orange, N.J. and raised in Grosse Pointe. He attended the University of Michigan and the University of Southern California.

During World War II, he served as a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater, retiring from the Air Force reserves in 1951, ranked major.

From the 1950s through the 1970s he worked in the private sector, serving as president of Zeder-Talbott, Chrysler-Zeder, CEO and chairman of the board of Hydrometals, and the Paradise Cruise Corp. in Hawaii.

In the early Ď70s he was elected city councilman in Dallas, Texas. In 1974, he was appointed by President Ford to serve as Director of the Territorial Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior.

In 1982, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Reaganís appointment of Mr. Zeder to the diplomatic post of Presidentís Personal Representative for Micronesian Status Negotiations, with the rank of ambassador.

In 1988, he was appointed by Republican nominee George H.W. Bush to act as his personal representative for the transition and after the election he served as senior adviser to the President-Elect.

In 1989, President Bush appointed Ambassador Zeder as President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corp.

Ambassador Zeder also served on the National Bush for President steering committee, the board of directors of the Air Force Academy, the Board of Trustees of the George H.W. Bush Library, and he was a decorated Knight of Malta.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Post Rogers Zeder; sons, Fred M. Zeder III and Howard Zeder; daughters, Melinda Zeder and Suzan Zeder; stepchildren, Judith Coulter and Randall Post; sisters, Pricillia Posselieus and Margaret Blaire; 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

Ambassador Zeder was predeceased by his first wife of 57 years, Martha Blood Zeder; and daughter Wendy Zeder.

Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Catholic Cemetery, Southfield.

Arrangements were provided by the Paul Mortuary in Pacific Grove, Calif.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box HH, Monterey, CA 93942 or Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula, 700 Jewel Ave., Pacific Grove, CA 93950.
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