David A. Fredrickson
(1927 – 2012)
Professor of Anthropology 1967 – 1992
Dr. Fredrickson founded SSU's Anthropology Department in 1967 and hired its first faculty members. Under his leadership and in spite of its small size, the archaeology program developed a national reputation for student research and scholarship. Dave Fredrickson was a gentle and kindly man who rarely criticized. He led by the example of his own commitment to research, his student family, and his music. Dr. Fredrickson was also a talented musician whose recordings are part of the Smithsonian Institution's Folkways collection. The gatherings of musicians and intellectuals at his Berkeley home are legendary; his influence as a friend and mentor to a generation of California archaeologists is immeasurable.
ASC hopes this site can become a permanent memorial to Dave and that others will send us material to build something special. It will be divided into three sections: a photo slideshow, Dave’s music; a historical section; and a memory page that we hope others will add to. Please email material to ASC@sonoma.edu and we will see it becomes part of the memorial.