Bruce Frederick

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A fixture in the gymnastics world for over 50 years as an athlete, coach, official and historian, A. Bruce Frederick was inducted into the National Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Wilmington High graduate began the sport while a student at Warner Junior High and was undefeated in tumbling as team captain at West Chester State in 1951-52. His career in physical education
took him from Krebs Junior High to the University of Wisconsin faculty. Along the way, he became a nationally-known advocate and historian for the sport, writing and speaking widely about gymnastics
and fitness. He coached, officiated, established programs, and authored a dozen books, including the widely-used “Roots of American Gymnastics.”

He served on the U.S. Olympic Committee for gymnastics and as curator for the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame; wrote about the sport for the Encyclopedia Britannica and other reference
works, and after retirement from teaching, became a full-time historian of the sport. He was awarded a lifetime membership in USA Gymnastics in 1996 and emeritus status with the American Alliance for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in 1991.

Frederick, who earned his Ph.D in physical education from the University of Minnesota, went on to teach at the University of Wisconson-Superior, where he started the gymnastics program, and at
SUNY-Brockport. He also served as a wrestling official and helped found the Delaware Soccer Officials Association, serving as president and earning lifetime membership honors. He passed away in 2011
at the age of 80. 




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