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Schwendiman, Fred A. (Fred Austin), 1919-2004



  • Existence: 1919-2004

Biographical History

Fred A. Schwendiman (1919-2004) was an administrator at Brigham Young University. He came to the university at the urging of Ernest L. Wilkinson. His responsibilities included planning and construction, student housing, food services, auxiliary services, laundry, purchasing, warehousing, property management, bookstore, and farm properties. He was also involved with the planning and construction of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in the 1980s.

Fred Austin Schwendiman was born 26 May 1919, in Auckland, New Zealand, where his parents were serving a mission for the Church. He was raised however, in Salt Lake where he attended South High School and the University of Utah, graduating from both before serving his mission to Great Britain in 1938. In November 1941, Fred married Winona Denhalter, and they are the parents of three children and many grandchildren. In 1943, he was commissioned an ensign in the Supply Corps of the U.S. Navy and served with the Seabees in the South Pacific. He held the rank of Captain in the Naval Reserve when he retired in 1976.

In 1953, Fred began working for Brigham Young University and he remained there until his retirement. In 1967, he became the director of Auxiliary Services and in 1971, Assistant Vice-President for business. He assumed responsibility for the physical facilities of the Church Educational System in 1974 in addition to his duties as Assistant Vice-President. In 1979, he became the Support Services Vice-President.


Thanks be to God, 1982: t.p. (Fred A. Schwendiman)

Fred Austin Schwendiman autobiographical sketch form, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, BYU, Provo, Utah, 2000 (b. 26 May 1919, Auckland, New Zealand; housing director, associate v.p., vice president, Brigham Young University, 1953-1984), viewed June 27, 2007 (Fred A. Schwendiman; d. July 1, 2004 in Orem, Utah)

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 934
Scope and Contents Contains administrative files of John B. Stohlton, including some files of his predecessors, W. Rolfe Kerr and Fred A. Schwendiman. Includes materials on student life, special events, housing, food, athletics, committees, university relations, personnel, alumni, and related topics. Also includes retained copies of correspondence, 1984-1989.
Dates: 1970-1989

Dean B. Farnsworth interview with Fred A. Schwendiman

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2987
Scope and Contents Contains a typescript of an interview taken from the included cassette sound tapes. Schwendiman was interviewed by Dean Farnsworth on January 14, 1986. Schwendiman talks about his employment by and experiences at Brigham Young University. Also includes photocopied newspaper articles documenting some of Schwendiman's accomplishments.
Dates: 1986 January 14

Fred Schwendiman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 698

David B. Galbraith collection on the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 952
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence between Brigham Young University officials, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other people involved in the construction of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. Also includes newspaper articles, written reports, video materials, and other material concerning the Jerusalem Center. Dates range from 1968 to 1994.
Dates: 1968-1994

General Services records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1365
Scope and Contents Collection contains correspondence, proposals for a new library information system, reports regarding conferences, invoices from conferences hosted by General Services, meeting minutes, employment applications, billing forms, newsletters, surveys, and subject files. Materials cover the period of 1957 to 1984.
Dates: 1957-1984

Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 3034
Scope and Contents Brief historical account of the construction of Brigham Young University's Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. Includes details of land purchase, construction, individuals involved in planning and construction, pictures of the center, a letter to the author from the mayor of Jerusalem, and text of the dedicatory prayer for the facility.
Dates: 1998

Records of the Wilkinson Center businesses

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 737
Scope and Contents Includes records and correspondence of the BYU bookstore, food services, special events, and Wilkinson Center remodelling.
Dates: 1971-1974

Residential Housing Office administrative policies and reports, 1956-1983

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1116 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains monthly and annual reports, meeting minutes, reports, and policy statements from the department for the years 1956-1983.
Dates: 1956-1983

Residential Housing Office correspondence, 1962-1981

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1116 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence from the department for the years 1962-1981. The materials mainly pertain to the day to day functions of the department.
Dates: 1962-1981