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STOLIKER, FREDERICK N.
STOLIKER, Frederick N. Long time Camarillo resident, passed away February 16, 2012, in Santa Barbara, California. He was a doting husband, loving father, and generous grandfather. Fred was born June 11, 1926, in Ferndale, Michigan where he graduated from Redford High School. After serving as a private in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1945, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and was a distinguished graduate of the highly competitive executive management Stanford-Sloan program. Fred started his career in flight test in 1950. He was assigned to the Performance Engineering Branch, Flight Test Division at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio. While in Dayton, he participated in flight tests of the C-124 and L-19A. He transferred to Edwards Air Force Base in July 1951, and was the test engineer on the performance, stability, and control of the F-84G, C-124C, YB-60 and the XF-104. Fred served as the Chief, Cargo Aircraft Section; Chief, Performance Engineering Branch; Deputy Chief of the Flight Test Engineering Division; and technical advisor, Deputy Chief of Staff/Operations from 1953 to 1974. Fred was appointed Edwards AFB Center Technical Director in 1974, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1981. For his contribution to the Air Force and the advancement of Flight Test Engineering, he received the 'Kelly' Johnson Award, displayed in the Smithsonian Museum. Fred was very active in NATO's Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development, chairing the Flight Test Techniques Group. Following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force he worked for Computer Science Corporation managing its support of various Defense Department flight test activities. Fred served at FOODShare for many years as a gleaner, board member, and on the Strategic Planning Committee. He loved Barbershop music and was in various quartets and choruses over the years. He was an avid geneoligist for the family. Fred is survived by his wife Jill Stoliker, son Paul Law (Terri Sonleitner Law), son Patrick Stoliker, daughter Janice Stoliker, daughter Mary Susan Stoliker-Diaz (Mike Diaz) and grandchildren Stefan, Cameron, Samantha, Rachel, Jack, Stuart, Katie, Anthony, Milana, and Maya. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ida Mary Stoliker. Per Fred's wishes we are not having a funeral, but are planning a celebration of his life at a later date. Donations may be made in his memory to FOODShare of Ventura County, http://www.foodshare.com/.

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