|Birth: ||Jan. 31, 1908|
Rock Island County
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 1998|
Atrist and sculptor. Knighted by the King of Denmark. Academician of the National Academy of Design. Some of this artist's known works include Christ on the Cross, Indian River, Michigan; The Fountain of Eternal Life: Peace Arising from the Flames of War, Cleveland, Ohio; The Expanding Universe Fountain, United States Department of State Building, Washington, D.C.; Freedom of the Human Spirit, Flushing Meadow-Corona Park, New York City; Leaping Gazelle for Levi L. Barbour Memorial Fountain, Belle Isle, Detroit; and The Spirit of Detroit, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Detroit.
This Detroit based sculptor worked continuously through his long life on his numerous commissions for fountains, memorials, free-standing sculptures, reliefs, and portraits in bronze and other materials. He is known in America and abroad for his monumental figurative sculpture, inspiring public memorials, exuberant fountains, insightful portraits, and whimsical sculptures of animals. Co-founder of the International Exchange of the Handicapped with the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen.
He received the Gold Fine Arts Medal of the American Institute of Architects; The Gold Medal of Honor of the Architectural League of New York; The Gold Medal of Honor from the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters and the Henry Hering Medal from the National Sculpture Society. In 1966, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the Michigan Association of the Professions. In 1968, he received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement and the President's Cabinet Medallion from the University of Detroit. He received the International Achievement Award of the Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan in 1993.
He was an Academician of the National Academy of Design; a Fellow of the International Consular Academy; a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society; a Life Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters; an Honorary Member of the Michigan Society of Architects; the American Institute of Decorators; The National Society of Interior Designers and is a Beta Sigma Phi. Other memberships include the Federation International de la Medaille; The Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters; the Norse Civic League, the Rebild National Park Society; the Danish Brotherhood; the Sons of Norway; the Nordmanns Forbundet and the Royal Society of the Arts, London, England.
In February 1963, His Majesty King Frederik IX of Denmark conferred upon him the Knighthood of the Order of Dannebrog. In August 1971, His Majesty King Frederik IX conferred upon him Knighthood First Class of the Order of Dannebrog. In October 1972, His Majesty King Olav V of Norway conferred upon him the Order of Saint Olav, First Class. On March 30, 1978, Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark bestowed upon him the Commander's Cross of the Order of Dannebrog. On September 8, 1995 His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden conferred upon him the Commander's Cross of the Order of the North Star. He was also the recipient of twenty-one other Foreign Decorations for his sculpture and humanitarian accomplishments. Mr. Fredericks served as the Royal Danish Consul for Michigan from 1965 until 1995.
He married Rosalind Bell Cooke in 1943 and was the father of five children. (He had eight grandchildren.) After World War II, Mr. Fredericks resided in Birmingham, Michigan, and kept studios in Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan until his death.
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Rosalind Cooke Fredericks (1916 - 2002)*
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