C. Fruehan, M.D.

Obituary of C. Thomas Fruehan, M.D.

Charles Thomas (Tom) Fruehan, 86, of DeWitt, NY, died on December 21, 2020 peacefully at home. Tom was born on March 20, 1934. He earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1956. He served in the US Navy, before returning to his studies, receiving his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College in 1963, with an internship there in 1964. He completed a residency, chief residency and fellowship in Cardiology at Upstate Medical Center, where he joined the faculty in 1969. He dedicated his time to teaching and mentoring students, house staff and fellows, working in and overseeing the coronary care unit and EKG departments, and pitching for the all-physician Assassins softball team. While Tom loved the science and practice of medicine, his love of music was equally important to him. “Chainsaw 2” spent much of his free time playing trombone in multiple regional music ensembles, including the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, the LaFayette Concert Band, and the Skaneateles Community Band, where he valued the community as much as the musicianship. His family will miss his encyclopedic knowledge of music and history, watching him play summer concerts by Skaneateles Lake and his general trombone hooliganism; they are indebted to him for passing on his lifelong passion for music to his children and grandchildren. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen; daughter, Leonore (John Langenberg) and grandchildren, Lucy and George; and daughter, Carol (Ken) Tomaszewski and grandchildren, Bernard, CJ and Will. Donations can be made in Tom’s memory to the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (via http://givetothecollege.syr.edu) or Symphoria (http://experiencesymphoria.org/). In lieu of a memorial service, please sign the guestbook at fairchildmeech.com
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