Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


March 5, 2014

Frederick Whitney Rockwood, 66


After his retirement from Hillenbrand Industries in 2005, he worked as CEO for General Resonance, a medical technology start-up company in Maryland, for three years until he retired permanently.

Fred served as chairman of the Indiana State 21st Century Schooling Committee, a committee formed by the governor of Indiana to update state educational curricula and bring Indiana education into the 21st century. For his four years of work on this committee, he was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1991. He was also awarded the Kentucky Colonel Award by the governor of Kentucky in 1995.

Fred served on the Boy Scouts of America Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, board of directors for many years, and became an avid proponent of the scouting program in the area. He greatly enriched the council by giving guidance and support in strategic planning.

He was a world-respected expert on military history and medals and was frequently sought after for his knowledge and expertise in military collectibles all over the world. In 2008 and 2012, Fred, along with Jolene, served on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign committee in Cincinnati.

Fred was a true Renaissance man, with varied interests in many different fields of learning. He was an avid reader who always had a book in his hand, and he had an extraordinarily eclectic library, all of which he could instantly recall. He loved languages and spoke many of them fluently, including Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese) and German. He was a gifted public speaker, and an in-depth Biblical scriptorian.

He loved and supported all forms of the arts. In his younger days, he won many awards for his paintings and drawings. He loved good music and drama and with his family regularly attended and supported theatrical productions, symphony, ballet and the visual arts, the love of which he instilled in his children. He loved to travel and learn about other cultures and whenever possible he exposed his family to other cultures around the world.

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