In Memory of Frederick N. Ward GG (GIA)

Fred 2RIP – July 16, 1935 – July 19, 2016    

Fred was a loyal DCGIA member, prolific photographer, author and great friend to us all!

Some of you may remember Fred as a world-renowned photographer, author, gem dealer, gemologist and a past president of DCGIA. Fred shared his books, passion and knowledge with our members. DCGIA knew Fred for his love of gems and his extraordinary ability to capture beauty with his camera wherever he went. Fred was a GIA Graduate Gemologist earning his diploma in 1990 and became a fixture at DCGIA monthly meetings. Fred authored nine books: Diamonds (also in Russian), Emeralds, Jade, Opals, Pearls, Phenomenal Gems, Rubies and Sapphires, and Gem Care.

Here is a little happy picture of him from a few years ago, at the Jade Festival at Big Sur.

2003 at the Jade Festival at Big Sur, Ca. with DCGIA Member Denise Nelson

Fred Ward is survived by his wife of 58 years Charlotte, their beloved children Kimberly Litle (Tom Litle), Christopher Ward, Lolly Ward (Nathan Kornelis), and David Ward, four grandchildren, and his sister Lynn Erckmann (Jim Erckmann).

We think that there may be a memorial “show” of some sort through the Malibu Arts Commission. If so, the family will use it as a local celebration of Fred’s life and work. Fred wanted his body to go to science, particularly Alzheimer’s research, so the family will not hold a traditional ceremony. Frederick N Ward Obiiuary

Chapter condolences go out to his family and friends. Fred will be missed but not forgotten, as he lives on through his family, friends, books and photographs.

Cards and Flowers can be sent to: Charlotte Ward, 2575 Barrymore Dr. Malibu, CA 90265

In lieu of flowers, feel free to make a contribution to Alzheimer’s research the link will take you to Fred Ward’s Tribute page.

For a blast from the past in July 2006, Fred gave DCGIA Members the history of rubies and sapphires as they were used by the Greeks, Romans and Indian Moghuls.


Charles Marts – Secretary DCGIA

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