Remembering Fred Senftleber

November 10, 2023

The Vermont architectural community lost one of its most esteemed members with the passing of Fred Senftleber on November 6, 2023. He was 95.

Fred moved from New York City to Burlington, Vermont with his wife, Dawn, in 1955 to join Freeman French Freeman. It was the beginning of a long and successful career that spanned more than four decades, with Fred becoming a partner in 1967 and then president in 1989.

During his tenure the firm saw significant growth.  Many of Fred’s projects in higher education, banking, and public schools remain in use today.

“Fred was the detail rudder that drove the firm’s quality during construction documents and construction,” says Jesse Beck, President Emeritus. “I and others learned a lot from his technique and eye for detail. Contractors knew that when Fred was on the job it was going to be done right.”

Although Fred retired in 1997, he remained connected to the firm throughout his golden years. Fred and Dawn were regular guests at the firm’s holiday party when the couple were well into their nineties.

In addition to being a talented architect and business leader, Fred was an avid sailor, skier, traveler, and craftsman. He leaves his wife of 71 years, Dawn; children Fritz and Gretchen; and many grandchildren.




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