View Original Notice ? Obituary of Frederick Harold Matteson | Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Family Funeral Home
He then became a co-founder of Aerostructures, Inc. and served as Chief Aerodynamicist until he retired. During the Vietnam War he was asked to teach at San Jose State University in the Aeronautics Department. In 1974 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He moved to Hollister, CA and worked part-time as a consulting engineer and as a designer of agricultural aircraft and equipment for Weatherly Aviation. He and John Weatherly designed and built a controllable variable-pitch windmill drive for spray pumps that found application worldwide.
Fred was a lifelong cyclist, having traveled through many states and countries on his bikes, and continued to use the bike for exercise and running errands. He designed and built bikes and wrote articles on bicycle design. He was a pilot of airplanes, helicopters, and sailplanes. He designed, built and flew his own sailplanes and assisted designers of various other sailplanes, wrote papers on sailplane design, and was an author of the American Soaring Handbook. He was a member of the American team to world soaring championships in Poland and England. He did research on aviation safety and accident analysis, and served as an expert witness in accident investigations. He loved music and enjoyed composition.
Fred is survived by his loving wife Helen C. Lo; step-son Warren D. Lo; and 3 step-grandchildren.
Services will be private