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In Memory of

Maurice Herbert Frere

September 8, 1932 - October 12, 2016

Obituary


Maurice "Mo" Herbert Frere was born September 8, 1932 to Jules and Eunice Frere in Sheridan, Wyoming. He was a graduate of Sheridan High School and Sheridan Junior College. Mo met the love of his life, Margaret Rutherford at the University of Wyoming in 1954. After serving in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, Mo and Margaret married in 1957. He received his BS and MS degrees in agronomy from the University of Wyoming and PHD in Soil Science from the University of Maryland. Mo and Margaret welcomed their first daughter, Ann in 1958...

Maurice "Mo" Herbert Frere was born September 8, 1932 to Jules and Eunice Frere in Sheridan, Wyoming. He was a graduate of Sheridan High School and Sheridan Junior College. Mo met the love of his life, Margaret Rutherford at the University of Wyoming in 1954. After serving in the U.S. Army, during the Korean Conflict, Mo and Margaret married in 1957. He received his BS and MS degrees in agronomy from the University of Wyoming and PHD in Soil Science from the University of Maryland. Mo and Margaret welcomed their first daughter, Ann in 1958 and then moved to Beltsville, Maryland to begin his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

He was a visiting scientist in 1967 at the Agricultural University and the Institute for Biological and Chemical Research on Crops in Wageningen, The Netherlands where he began developing mathematical models of nutrient movement to plant roots. Dr. Frere's most significant research has been on evaluation of nutrient transport from agricultural watersheds. He received the Unit Award for Superior Service from the USDA for outstanding achievement in organizing and developing an innovative nonpoint source pollution model, Chemical Runoff Erosion Agriculture Management System (CREAMS) which has been in use since the 1970s.

Dr. Frere has held ARS leadership positions in Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as Director of the Southern Piedmont Conservation Research Center in Watkinsville, GA. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Dr. Frere retired from ARS in 1995 with the respect and admiration from his colleagues and staff from around the U.S and world.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for 31 years and was active as a lector, Eucharistic minister and member of the Parish Council.
He was a generous and loving husband and father of four children and always supported their goals and dreams. He volunteered to be a coach for his kid's sports and a science judge for multiple science fairs.

Mo is predeceased by his daughter, Donna Lynn Frere; brother, Russell Frere; and parents, Jules and Eunice Frere. He is survived by wife of 59 years, Margaret Frere; his sister, Margaret Ann Urbigkit (John); brother, Bill Frere; daughter, Ann West (Randy); son, James Frere (Leigh) and son, Bill Frere (Kelly). He is also survived by eight grandkids.

The family will receive friends Sunday, October 16 from 4-6 p.m. at Bernstein Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Monday, October 17 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 134 Prince Ave., Athens. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be offered at www.bernsteinfuneralhome.com.

Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.