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Fredric G. Kelley


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kissimmee, Fla. — Fredric G. Kelley, 80, longtime resident of Hanover, N.H. and head athletic trainer at Dartmouth College for 25 years, died Thursday, May 11, 2017 in the presence of his family. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 41 years, Sue Kelley.

Fred was born in Broadalbin, N.Y. in 1936, the son of Jack and Helen Kelley. A great athlete, he lettered in three sports at Gloversville High School before entering Springfield College in 1954. He played baseball at Springfield for two years before putting his education on hold to enlist in the Marine Corps in 1956. He was selected “Outstanding Marine” in his recruit training and rose to the rank of Buck Sergeant specializing in high speed code operations. Fred returned to Springfield to earn his degree in Physical Education in 1961. After graduation, he joined the athletic department at Virginia Military Institute, coaching freshman baseball and basketball and teaching physical education. While there, the longtime athletic trainer fell ill, and he was asked to step into the role. He readily accepted, and continued as head athletic trainer at VMI until he was offered a similar position at Dartmouth College in 1967. He began his career at Dartmouth as a baseball coach and head trainer, but as the fields became more specialized he was given the choice between continuing as baseball coach or head trainer. The decision was difficult, but he chose to continue training and spent the rest of his career at Dartmouth, retiring in 1994. In 1980 his talent was recognized and he was selected to work with international athletes at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. He was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1989.

Outside of his career, Fred had many interests. He always had a gift for music, singing in choirs and performing in drum corps as a young man and more recently performing with The Starliters and Guys and Dolls musical groups at his home in Solivita, Florida. He was a great golfer with a single digit handicap, and helped start the Tommy Keane Invitational, which he played in for over 30 years. He enjoyed painting and created many lovely works for friends and family as well as designing his own Christmas cards. Most notably he was generous with his time and knowledge, taping the ankles and knees of many grateful friends and neighbors and dispensing counsel to anyone suffering from an injury.

Fred is survived by his two children and their families Michael Kelley and Katrina Kelley of Grantham, N.H. and Kristin Kelley, of Winchester, Mass. He has four loving grandchildren, Harvey and Fisher Kelley of South Strafford, Vt. and Kelley and Spenser Ciotti of Winchester, Mass.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Hanover, NH. Memorial contributions can be made in Fred’s name to David’s House in Lebanon, N.H.