Frederic Case Obituary

Frederic Case receives Silver Antelope
Frederic H. Case, Jr. (on the left) is awarded the Silver Antelope Award, presented by Frank Hatch of Boston (1952).

Shared by David K. Case on 1/29/17 from personal records and as published in various newspapers:

Frederic H. Case, Jr. of Hanover, MA, a retired executive with United States Steel Corp. and a national leader in the Boy Scouts of America, died at the age of 85 on 7/6/94 after a brief illness.

Born and raised in Worcester, MA he was the son of Fred H. and Clara Smith Case, whose ancestors were one of the earliest settlers of Connecticut. He attended Worcester schools before entering Tufts University, where he was President of the freshman class of 1931 and a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity.

After college, his business career started with American Steel and Wire Company, a subsidiary of United States Steel Corp. Within ten years he had become manager of the headquarters office for American Steel plants in Worcester, New Haven, CT and Trenton, NJ. In 1953 he was promoted to assistant New England district director of Public Relations for U.S. Steel, and in 1962 moved to Boston when he became director of the Northeast region, the position he held until his retirement in 1971.

Mr. Case was nationally known in boy scouting in which he became interested in 1920. He was a scoutmaster, cubmaster, president of Mohegan Council, member and chairman of Region One Executive Committee. In 1958 he was elected to the top civilian scout post in New England and a member of the National Executive Board. He was presented the Silver Beaver Award in 1951 and the Silver Antelope Award in 1952. They are the highest boy scout awards that can be conferred on anyone.

As active in civic affairs as in scouting, he was a trustee of Worcester Natural History Society and of Worcester Junior College, Leicester Junior College, chairman of the Industry Education Committee of Worcester, Committee on Business Information, director of Worcester Orchestral Society, and chairman of the public information committee and director of Worcester Red Cross; a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Industrial Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Council Against Discrimination and the Greater Worcester Development Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Executive Committee of the Worcester Girls Club.

His civic and social responsibilities continued on a regional and national basis while he lived in Boston. He and his family spent summers in Annisquam before moving to his historic property in Hanover in 1968 where he and his late Wife were involved with historic, gardening and conservation activities.

His former club affiliations included The Worcester Club, Worcester Country Club, Quinnipiack Club of New Haven, Algonquin Club of Boston and the Annisquam Yacht Club.

Mr. Case was married for 52 years to the former Frances Knowlton, who died on July 5, 1984. He leaves a daughter, Jean Case Potter of Shrewsbury, MA, and a son and daughter in law, David Knowlton and Caroline Richards Case of Norwell. David Case is President of Plimoth Plantation, of which his father was a long-time member and supporter. In addition, Mr. Case leaves a brother, Lebbeus S. Case of Storrs, CT, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

There will be no calling hours and burial at Hope Cemetery in Worcester will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to Plimoth Plantation, PO Box 1620, Plymouth, MA 02362.


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