FRED PARDEE Obituary (2022) – Bolton, MA


PARDEE, Fred An innovative philanthropist, he cared about improving the human condition.

Fred Pardee, 89, died peacefully on June 27, 2022 at his home in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Bolton, MA, in 1932, the son of Albert and Marion Pardee. He is never married. He leaves two sisters, Judith Verduga of Fort Collins, CO, and Carolyn Sue Collins Seaman of Topsfield, MA, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Pardee is a 1954 graduate of Boston University where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and management, and also an honorary Ph.D. in 2006. Having enrolled in ROTC at BU, he served in the US Air Force.

Soon after military separation, Mr. Pardee went on a world tour that further developed his deep and lasting concern for the human condition that influenced his later philanthropy.

Mr. Pardee then joined the Management Training Program at Ford Motor Company working with data-based tools that Robert McNamara pioneered there.

Mr. Pardee joined the non-profit RAND Corporation in Santa Monica as an economic analyst from 1957 to 1971. One of his projects was estimating the cost to place a man on the Moon. That estimate proved to be very close.

Eventually, Mr. Pardee founded a privately-held investment and development firm that operated apartment buildings in the Los Angeles area.

In 2000, Mr. Pardee provided the funding to establish Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future in addition to financing BU’s Pardee Center and gifting the library to the Boston University School of Management.

Yet Mr. Pardee’s interest in RAND continued with the gifting in 2001 of the Pardee RAND Center for the Longer Range Global Policy and the future of the Human Condition that included a premier policy-oriented Ph.D. program.

In 2007, Mr. Pardee supplied the support that allowed the University of Denver and its Josef Korbel School of International Studies to create the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Studies. His support allowed the building of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. His support allowed the building in 2009 of an annex to Ben Cherrington Hall to house the Center, providing the team with basic workspace, video-conferencing resources and presentation capabilities. In 2013 The University of Denver awarded Fred with an honorable Ph.D.

Mr. Pardee also reached out to the African Leadership Academy, a secondary school in South Africa that prepares elite students across Africa for future careers of leadership and service. In 2009 work was completed on the Frederick S. Pardee Library for the Future of Africa. The goal of this school is to prepare promising students to go on to colleges around the world and then return to take an active leadership role in their respective African countries.

While no person or organization can eliminate poverty, hunger and other afflictions, Frederick S. Pardee has contributed hugely to the efforts of visioning and understanding that, even as a young man, he is recognized to be foundational to the improvement of the global human condition .

Note: Thank you for your contributions: Barry B. Hughes, Professor, University of Denver, Senior Scientist and Mentor, Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. Nancy Staudt, the Frank and Marcia Carlucci Dean of the Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Vice President of Innovation at RAND Corporation.

Published by Boston Globe from Jul. 6 to Jul. 7, 2022.

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