Frederica “Freddie” Rockefeller Dimmick, age 84, of Bourne, Massachusetts (and recently at Atria Woodbriar in Falmouth) died November 17, 2019.
Freddie was born on November 22, 1934. Her parents were Warren Willis Rockefeller and Frederica Elizabeth (Coon) Rockefeller. She is survived by David, her husband of almost 60 years; her sons Tod and his wife Jennifer, Warren and his wife Christine, Andrew and his wife Joanna; her grandchildren Spencer, Kurt, Katie, Jack, Claire and Jason; her brother Phil Rockefeller, her cousins Elizabeth Cunningham and Katherine Coon, and numerous other loving relatives.
Freddie grew up in Red Hook, New York, where she was valedictorian at Red Hook High School. As an undergraduate, she attended Syracuse University and Mount Holyoke College. She studied French at Middlebury College, and obtained her master’s in Education from Radcliffe.
Freddie set an example of how to weave multiple careers and passions into a meaningful life. She taught high school English and French in Red Hook, NY, Sierra Vista, AZ, and Natick, MA. Even while raising three boys, she continued to be an educator as an ESL tutor. She then followed a life-long interest in archaeology and earned a second master’s degree from Harvard in 1987 and began another career. She worked for several cultural resources firms and then over twenty years with the National Park Service. She retired in 2015 as the archaeologist for the Cape Cod National Seashore. She served as President and Trustee of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society (MAS), and her research was published in such journals as the Journal of Archaeological Science and North American Archaeologist.
Freddie loved to be busy. After retirement from the National Park Service, she continued to be active with MAS and the Bourne Society for Historic Preservation, including stints in costume as a docent for the Briggs - McDermott House in Bourne. She was active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth over the last 10 years. Previously, she was active with the Eliot Church of Natick for over 40 years. She loved to sing, and was part of the choir in both congregations. She was invariably friendly, pleasant, and gracious. Freddie also loved nature, music, taking walks, spending time with family and friends, gardening and watching PBS programs over the years including her favorite, Masterpiece Theater.
Most importantly, Freddie was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She loved her family and they loved her.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM Friday, November 29, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Falmouth, at 840 Sandwich Road in East Falmouth. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Aging Brain Initiative Fund at https://giving.mit.edu/explore/faculty-research/picower.