Frederic W. Platt died on December 23, 2022, in Longmont. Fred Platt was born May 14th, 1938, in Chicago to Benjamin and Betty Platt. He is survived by his wife, Constance Platt, his daughters, Jennifer Platt and Rebecca Pepin (Mark), his sister, Carolyn Fields, grandchildren Kelsey and Brandt Pepin, nieces and nephews, and his dog, Clyde.
Fred’s early life was full of family and friends, his quiet sketching of people in the building they lived in, piano playing, accompanying his dad to his business, his dog, Duchess, and beach activities on Lake Michigan. Attending Northwestern University for his undergraduate degree in Math, Fred met Connie, and they married.
They traveled to California, where Fred and Connie had their first daughter, Jennifer, then he attained his medical degree from Stanford University. He began his residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, had his second daughter, Rebecca, then he was drafted during the Vietnam war. He got lucky, however, and was sent to Colorado Springs, to train medics and doctors. While he was there, Fred learned how to fly. This was exhilarating to him.
In 1967, Fred moved his young family to Denver, bought a house in Park Hill, and started a medical practice with partners, in the City Park area. Fred was loved by many of his patients, who came from the neighborhoods around his home and his office on 20th street. He devotedly attended to patients at most of the area hospitals. He also taught residents and pioneered the field of communications in medicine. That led him to write several books on the subject, that evolved to teaching communications in medicine, nationwide.
In addition to flying, Fred loved boats, writing, art, travel, books, nature, adventure, food, and animals. His life was warmed by the companionship of pets. He took the dogs running, as he built his stamina and became a marathon runner. He traveled with his wife and/or family, to most parts of the US, Mexico, Europe, and later, Japan, Africa, South Asia, and more, touring museums and historical places, as well as taking a boat up the Thames River in England and whale watching expeditions and cruises, and, at advanced age, a river trip in Vietnam. When he visited museums, Fred often sketched from the works he liked.
Fred was an avid reader and often read stories aloud to his daughters or wife. He was a long time member of a men’s book club in Denver and a Patron of the Arts. He played bridge as if it was his second profession. Fred and Connie enjoyed friends from all periods of their lives. They were also generous in the community and to family. Fred was interested in history, current events, and how things work. He had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed many of life’s simple pleasures, like food and relaxing with a book and his dogs.
Fred played the piano, daily. He played classical music, and enjoyed attending music events, especially the Denver Symphony. Near the vacation cabin he and Connie spent their summers in, Fred became involved with the Rocky Ridge Music School of Estes Park.
Fred continued to write, in his later years enjoying writing groups. He and his daughter, Jennifer, shared stories, art, anecdotes of activities, and creative events.
Many will remember Fred Platt as a good conversationalist, with a profound intelligence, a good sense of humor, a gleeful laugh, abundant generosity, a loving heart, a sense of joy, and an attentive nature. We remember him with love, and we wish him well on his next adventure.