Frederick R. Holbrook, Ph.D.

Posted March 28, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.

BANGOR, and HAMPDEN – Frederick R. “Fred” Holbrook, Ph.D., 78, husband of the late Joyce Holbrook and formerly of Laramie, Wyo., died Feb. 27, 2014, in Bangor. Fred was born Nov. 15, 1935, in Warwick, Mass., the son of Ralph F. and Barbara (Lincoln) Holbrook. He graduated from Orange High School, Orange, Mass., class of 1953. Frederick served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1958 during the Korean War.

Fred attended the University of New Hampshire for his undergraduate degree and the University of Massachusetts for his post-graduate studies and received his Ph.D. in Entomology in 1967. Fred’s career as an entomologist took him all over the United States working for the USDA for 35 years in the States of Hawaii, Florida, Maine, Colorado, and Wyoming from where he retired in 1995 as a Supervisory Research Entomologist. After retiring Fred and his wife, Joyce, enjoyed touring the USA in their motor home visiting family and friends along the way and wintering in Texas. Fred also enjoyed being with family and friends, hunting, fishing, going to bluegrass festivals, playing scrabble and he was an avid baseball fan. Fred returned to Maine in 2009 to be closer to his family.

Fred is survived by two sons, Col. Randall F. Holbrook and his wife, Mary, of Hermon and Glenn L. Holbrook, Ph.D., RN and his wife, Jessica, of Ferndale, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Mari Torgerson and husband, Tom, of Naples, Fla.; four sisters-in-law, Sonya Holbrook of West Hartford, Conn., Sally Holbrook of Orange, Mass., Elaine Meyer and husband, Ray, of Port Washington, Wis., and Victoria Lyssy and husband, Ronnie, of McAllen, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Randy Pulvermacher of Spring Green, Wis., and Rod Pulvermacher of Hill Point, Wis.; parents-in-law, Robert and Rosemary Pulvermacher of Plain, Wis.; eight grandchildren, Justin, Logan, Bryan, Max, Maia, Ashlee, Sarah, and Laura; his former wife, Charlotte; and nieces, nephews and many friends, among those, Ben and Leslie Patch, who visited him each summer and took him to bluegrass festivals. He was predeceased by his parents, wife, and brothers, Wallace and Ralph Holbrook.

Many thanks to the Staff at Kindred Westgate Assisted Living in Bangor and staff and former neighbors of the Manor House at Avalon Village in Hampden. Memorial services will be held at a later date in Warwick, Mass., and Cinnabar Park, Wyo. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route 1 Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074. Arrangements by Memorial Alternatives, Bangor.

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