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Frederic Jenkins ’52

Frederic Jenkins ’52, an avid cyclist and French professor, died March 10, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Champaign, Ill. He was 86.

He married Shirley Howson in 1956 in California. Fred served in the States Army during the Korean War. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He was a French professor at the University of Illinois for more than 33 years. Fred and daughters Diane and Nancy participated in the 1976 Bicentennial Ride Across America, which led to the formation of the Adventure Cycling Association. He also enjoyed tennis, badminton, and growing pine trees from seedlings in his backyard. He was the secretary of the American Association of Teachers of French and made many trips to France with Shirley.


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