Frederick Spielberger ’34 (1916-2012)

Frederick Spielberger Class of 1934
(1916-2012)

Frederick Spielberger was born in Lorain, Ohio.

“Fred”, his only brother, and his widowed mother moved to Alhambra in the early 1920’s, where his mother had the opportunity to be a model for Norman Rockwell in several of his paintings.

In the 1930’s, Fred worked as a recording engineer and on-air announcer for radio stations in Southern California and Oregon. He enlisted in the US Army Signal Corps in 1941. His training got him promoted to Captain, becoming an instructor in the Officer Candidate School. A highlight of his career was in 1945, when he had the opportunity and responsibility to set up the recording equipment on the USS Missouri for the Japanese surrender to General MacArthur.

After the war, Fred accepted RCA Victor’s position to supervise the design and construction of their Mexico City recording studios, working his way up to Vice-President and then to General Manager of Columbia Records. It was at this time where he met his wife of over 50 years, Marjorie, who passed away in 2000.

His family moved to Willow Glen, California in 1961 where for the next few decades, he developed careers in the brokerage, insurance, and mortgage businesses. He donated countless hours to many organizations in the community. On his 80th birthday, he received the good news that he had been selected by Coca-Cola to carry the Olympic Torch in 1996 in acknowledgement to his many contributions to the community. It would be a very proud and special moment in his life. 

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