- July 3, 1928 - February 10, 2014
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Anders Fredrik Feyling, 1928 ? 2014
Anders "Fred" Feyling died February 12, 2014, at home after a short illness. Born in Boston, MA to Margot Asbjornsen Feyling and Per L.F Feyling in 1928, Fred was a true "Son of Norway." His mother was born in Kristiansand and his father was raised in Egersund, Norway; Fred spent several summers visiting there as a child blending easily with an extended family. Starting school in Watertown after returning from a summer in Norway he spoke only Norwegian but quickly decided that an American kid needed an American name and he became "Fred" to all his friends.
Fred attended Belmont H.S., and received his mechanical engineering degree from Northeastern in 1952. Working as a co-op student for his father's company, Kirkland Industries, he had a role building an early model of the Polaroid instant camera under contract to Edwin Land, who advised him to invest in Polaroid to affirm his commitment to the prototype. He also worked for Fred Ruland and then DuPont Savannah River after graduating from Northeastern. Deciding to terminate with DuPont and forego his military deferment, Fred attended Navy OTS at Newport and served as an officer in Adak, Alaska and Great Lakes before returning to civilian life. He again worked for Kirkland before it was sold to Millipore, and with partners founded an oceanographic instrumentation firm, Geodyne Corporation. It was sold to EG&G in 1972. Fred held several patents relating to deep sea oceanography and sonar side-scan technology.
Fred next embarked on numerous ventures and adventures, marine archeology projects in Greece with Peter Throckmorton and Harold "Doc" Edgerton, who also brought him along to assist in the search that pinpointed the location of the iron clad Monitor. He later participated in the retrieval of a section of the Snow Squall a Maine clipper ship wreck in the Falkland Islands, and surveyed a British ship there, the Lady Elizabeth. During the 1970s Fred purchased the Dana Place Inn, was a founder of the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation, and launched the first condominium project under the Pinkham Notch Corp. in Jackson, NH. He also joined with other investors to build a marina in the US Virgin Islands, Antilles Yachting Services, an early sailboat leaseback operation in the USVI.
In 1980 he married for the first time, Lynda Moulton, with whom he partnered in an early software company designing and licensing content management systems for government agencies and corporate libraries. Together they ran the company for twenty years during which time they built a home in Harvard, MA, which Fred designed. In his woodworking shop he did much of the finish work and built furniture and artistic features displayed in the home. In his final years he loved planning new projects for their property, taking on machining repair projects for friends and family, fly fishing, visiting art galleries and vacationing in Mt. Desert, Maine, where he and Lynda spent time every year for over 30 years.
In addition to his wife Lynda, Fred leaves his sister Anne MacDonald, of Sun City West in Arizona, nieces, grandnephews and nieces, many cousins in the U.S. and Norway, and numerous close friends of all ages including school friends with whom, until recently, he still spent many days sailing and boating off Cape Cod. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Gifts to the Northeastern Univ. Empower campaign and Friends of Acadia National Park may be made in memory of Fred Feyling.