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Frederick “Tic” Webster ’67

Frederick “Tic” Webster ’67, a civil engineer and family man who loved California’s mountains, died Oct. 11, 2015, surrounded by family. He was 70.

Tic grew up in Tucson, Ariz. After Swarthmore, he received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Stanford University in 1972, a time of upheaval during the Vietnam War. He was a conscientious objector, informed by his Quaker upbringing in Tucson at the Pima Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. His principled, but softly presented, views regarding war led to many thoughtful moments that were especially consequential in the lives of his fellow students. He fulfilled his military obligation through alternative work as director of the Youth Development Program of Santa Clara County’s Friends Outside, a nonprofit agency that provided support for prison inmates and their families. Also while at Stanford, he taught pottery as part of the Creativity House program and became a prolific ceramist. His professional career spanned more than 40 years in civil engineering, including structural analysis and design, research and teaching, testing and code development. Tic loved to spend time in nature by fishing, hiking, and camping with his family. He also served on the board of directors of Peninsula School in Menlo Park, when his children attended, and coached soccer.


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