Frederick Fox Auerbach, beloved husband to Frieda Lee Auerbach and father to Richard "Rick" Auerbach, passed away on July 12, 1998 of a heart attack while boating with friends at Dana Point, California.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 4, 1927 to Frederick Samuel and Fan Fox Auerbach, the oldest pioneering Jewish family in Utah. He attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea during that conflict.Upon his return to Salt Lake City, Fred eventually became president of Auerbach's Department Store, the oldest full-line department store in Utah, founded by his grandfather, Samuel H. Auerbach, and Samuel's brother, Frederick H. Auerbach, in 1864 with Brigham Young's help.
Fred was active in community and civic affairs, including a term as president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Salt Lake Country Club, the Alta Club, and the Ft. Douglas-Hidden Valley Country Club. He was a member of Temple B'nai Israel, Congregation Kol Ami, the Jewish Community Center, and B'nai Brith. He was a staunch supporter of the United Jewish Federation of Utah and many other charities throughout the community including the United Way, the Utah Opera Company, Ballet West, and the Pioneer Craft House, begun by Auerbach's Department Store.
Fred was a passionate follower of sports, especially the U of U football and basketball teams, and was a generous contributor to their scholarship programs. He was an enthusiastic member of the Crimson Club. An avid fisherman, both deep sea and lake, Fred kept his boat during the season at Strawberry Reservoir. He was also one of the earliest advocates and supporters of the Olympics in Utah. In the past, Fred and his wife, Lee, pursued adventure around the world and have contributed their prize collection of hunting trophies to the Utah Museum of Natural History at the U of U.
A more kindly and generous man never lived. Most recently he established the Frederick F. and Frieda Lee Auerbach Vascular Center at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in honor of Dr. Peter Lawrence.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 16, at 1 p.m. at Evans and Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South, with Rabbi Frederick L. Wenger and Cantor Laurence D. Loeb officiating. Interment at the Kol Ami Cemetery, 1040 E. 4th Ave., Salt Lake City.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Auerbach Vascular Surgery Center, c/o U of U Health Sciences Center, 50 North Medical Drive, #2753, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, or to a charity of your choice.
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