First Fandom member Fred D. Brammer, 86, died of congestive heart failure on August 18, 2013 at home in McLean , VA. Although the Washington Post published an obituary in December, fandom just recently became aware of his passing.
One of Brammer’s claims to fame is that he was instrumental in getting the pilot episode of Star Trek into the Smithsonian Museum, which led to a private tour for him and his family of the Star Trek set in 1968.
Andrew Porter remembers, “I first met him at my first Worldcon, Discon 1 in 1963, and I saw him at most Worldcons I attended down through the years — but he was conspicuously absent at LoneStarCon. Now I know why. Fred was a really nice guy and I will miss him.”
Brammer was born in North Carolina. He served with the Army in the Pacific in World War II. After earning a degree in geology from the University of North Carolina he went to work for the federal government. During his 37 years with the government he worked for the Army Map Service, then at the Federal Power Commission and finally at the Department of Energy.
He is survived by his wife, Cecilia, 84, and his son, Eric. An interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in April 2014.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]