August 7, 2014 at 3:43 AM
A leader of men, women, concert bands and students will be honored posthumously for his efforts to Lansdale and the community at-large at the Aug. 23 Lansdale Founders Day event.
Former Montgomery County Concert Band director Stephen Frederick, who died July 20, 2013 at age 66 from cancer, was chosen as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by a selection committee of nonprofit Discover Lansdale.
Frederick will be honored at a 10:45 a.m. ceremony at Railroad Plaza.
Lansdale Borough Councilwoman Mary Fuller, who also serves as president of the board of Discover Lansdale, said Frederick’s family has been informed of the award. She announced the third-annual award at the end of Wednesday's council session.
“He was selected for his positive influence and impact on thousands of local junior and senior high school students – many Lansdale residents – during and beyond his 35-year tenure with North Penn School District, where he served as a music educator and administrator,” Fuller said.
“He was always a true ambassador to this borough and all that we do,” she said. “He was involved in it any way he could be. The committee congratulates the family of Stephen Frederick.”
Fuller said the criteria for the award states the selection committee can award a posthumous honor, but it needs to be in the first year since the last meeting of the committee.
“Stephen fits into that,” she said. “We lost Stephen within the past year.”
Frederick was the North Penn High School band director from 1971 to 1989. In 1990, he became assistant principal of Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. He returned to North Penn in 1992, where he served as principal of Penndale Middle School until 1994. From there, he became assistant principal at the high school. By 1998, he was associate principal and then principal in 2001. He retired in 2003.
The Lock Haven, Pa. native graduated West Chester University with a bachelor’s in music education, and received a master’s in secondary school administration from Villanova University. He co-founded the Montgomery County Concert Band.
Frederick was considered a musical instrument virtuoso and a motorcycle enthusiast by friends and family.
He was married Dorothy Spence for 45 years, and had two daughters. He was a grandfather to two, an uncle to three and a brother to one.
Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include borough Fire Marshal Jay Daveler and Parks and Recreation Director Carl Saldutti.