Frederick A. Godley Jr.


Frederick A. Godley Jr. died June 30, 2016. Born in Rye, New York, on November 21, 1919, Fred graduated from The Hotchkiss School in 1938 and later served on the board of trustees. He graduated from Yale in 1942 after an interruption to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. As a Naval Reserve ensign, he was attached to the destroyer USS Quick, where he served for four and a half years as a top gunnery officer. After service, he graduated from the Scheffield School of Engineering and began working at PerkinElmer. He then started the Continental Manufacturing Valve Company, later renamed Xomed, with his friend and co-founder, Lawson Reed. With his interest in medicine, Fred went on to spin-off Xomed, A biomedical application of the high temperature valve technology.

 Outside of his vocational pursuits, Fred was the head of the building committee of the Presbyterian Church in New Canaan, Connecticut, where he served on the vestry for many years. He was a founding member of The Eaglesmere Conservancy, and with his wife, Mary, he founded the Godley House in Rutland, Vermont as a residential transitional house for Spring Lake Ranch, a mental health rehabilitation facility.

Predeceased by his daughter Margaretta Godly, Fred is survived by his three children, Mac Godley, Rick Godley and Betsy Godley Spence; and by his wife, Mary, to whom he was married for 75 years.

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