Dr. Frederic Clement McDuffie, (96), of Naples, passed away on May 6, 2020.. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles Dennett McDuffie and Katharine Seldon McDuffie,
survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Isabel (Wiggin),four children: Elisabeth, Joan, Deborah, and Charles, and four grandchildren, Matthew Kabak; Deniz, Emel, and Peri Saat.
Fred was born on April 27, 1924 in Lawrence, Mass., graduated from St. Paul’s School, Concord, N.H. (1941), attended Harvard College, and graduated from Harvard
Medical School (1951). He faithfully served his country as Sergeant in the 1101 st Combat Engineer Group in the European Theater in WWII.
Fred began his successful and prolific career as a researcher and professor of medicine and immunology at the University of Mississippi Medical School, and then continued
his work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for 15 years. He was the editor of the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, published hundreds of clinical studies,
served on numerous national academic and medical committees and boards, and presented his research in scientific and medical conferences throughout the world. While as the
Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs at the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta for over a decade, he was a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and
collaborated with the CDC on significant clinical studies. Fred’s medical career spanned over 60 years, as he practiced medicine until he was 89 years old. In addition, Fred began a
second career at the age of 75 as an H & R Block Tax Preparer and after 10 years, earned the H & R Block Green Jacket status.
Fred had an enormous zest for life and was involved in numerous hobbies and activities such as sky, cave and scuba diving; running hundreds of road races including marathons
(he celebrated his 70th birthday running Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota); gourmet cooking; tennis; and gardening. He was active throughout his life with the Episcopal Church serving as usher, lay reader, Bible study leader, and mentor.
Fred will be remembered for his extraordinary intelligence, endurance, determination and commitment which he applied to every endeavor he pursued - large or small. Fred
had a great sense of humor, and was a vivid narrator, sharing his life’s encounters and experiences; his accomplishments and stories will be passed on for many generations to come. Fred will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends.