Frederick "Fred" Alan Schroeder DMD
Saturday 28th of October 1950 - Sunday 18th of July 2021
Celebration of Life
Dr. Frederick Alan Schroeder, “Dr. Fred” to many adoring patients, unexpectedly passed away Sunday afternoon, July 18, 2021, with his family at his side. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to The Nest and ASPCA.
( www.thenestlexington.org https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give )
Fred Schroeder earned a B.S. Biology degree from UC Davis and a DMD from the University of Kentucky. Fred and his son, Thadler A. Schroeder, DMD, have served Lexington patients for over 40 years in a leading dental practice. Dr. Fred was known for his sangfroid demeanor, true spontaneity, a cunning yet goofy sense of humor, and an unparalleled bedside manner that put both friends and patients at ease. He always had a smile to share and a silly joke on hand. A smile in return was always his biggest reward. His dental practice operated by the “golden rule” and always made a point to “Cater to Cowards.” His loyal patients are known for recalling moments of true heroism and kindness from Dr. Schroeder. Once an EMT driver in Southern California, Fred would even recount stunning stories of saving people, including his participation in tending to the wounded in an active shooter situation. While in Southern California, Dr. Fred would spend the weekends body surfing and diving for abalone. He thoroughly enjoyed the southern California lifestyle and even taught his son, Tali, to windsurf when returning to the ocean in South Carolina years later.
His personal passions included sailing, traveling the globe, tending to his gardens and practicing a Zen-like art of pool maintenance. A consummate host with a love for an occasional vodka and tonic, Fred and his wife Carol constantly entertained family and friends at their home. As an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan and US soccer fan, Fred carried principles of coaching and leadership through his dental practice and into the community. He coached several years of soccer and even led Thad’s soccer team to a runner-up finish in the 1996 state championship.
Truly a man for all seasons, Fred had a burning passion for travel; from riding a camel in the Egyptian desert to the great pyramids to sailing the azure waters of the Aegean. Fred relished visiting his daughter in Borneo as she studied Orangutans. Sailing the globe with his beloved Carol upon retirement always seemed to be "next year." Fred couldn't fathom leaving his patients and his practice.
No man ever loved his family more truly or fiercely. Fred adored his wife and felt it his mission in life to make all her dreams come true. Fred was Carol's rock and she his. He took most pride in his beautiful and successful children. His grandchildren called him Papi and they always looked forward to golf cart rides and swimming lessons with him. They were the light of his life. His loss is immeasurable to his family, friends, and colleagues. Fred Schroeder’s generosity and kindness to everyone he touched will be his legacy.
Born October 28, 1950 in Coshocton, Ohio to parents Carl and Margaret Johnston Schroeder, Dr. Schroeder is survived by his loving wife, Carol Y. Schroeder; siblings, Anne Karem and husband David, Jeff Schroeder and wife Laurie; children, Dr. Thadler Alan and wife Dr. Kristina Neda Schroeder, Neftali “Tali” Adams and Katie Kraska; grandchildren, Aliksandros Adams, Maksimillian Schroeder, and Beckham Schroeder. Of utmost importance to him, it must be noted that he will be survived by the memories of the community that he served for over 40 years in the field of dentistry.
Visitation Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Service July 24, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Milward-Man O' War, 1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, Ky. 40515.
Jay R. Anderson. DMD. MHSAsays
Fred was a great buddy during dental school. We hung out and shared a few beers. While our paths diverged since dental school, I have found memories of our four quest to be the dental servants we had become. Jay
Dr. Daniel Reynolds DMDsays
Fred and I were part of the 1978 graduating class at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Part of a class of 60 students, we endured and persevered 4 years of classes and clinical training to earn our DMD degrees. I rarely saw Fred since our graduation as is the case with many of our classmates except if by chance at annual meetings. But I remember him very well from our days at UK. My son Dr. Kyle Reynolds, who is also a practicing dentist in Amelia Ohio, met him and discussed a potential associateship as Kyle was exploring his practice options in the Lexington area, several years ago. I am saddened to learn of Dr. Fred’s sudden passing and wish to offer sincere prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and patients. Fred was well thought of by all the above including his peers. May God comfort all who were close to him in life.
The news of Dr. Fred’s passing was not only shocking but a true devastation. I was his patient for about 20 years and his kindness did A true ability to make you know he was there just for you at your visit. He was always full of life with a silly joke or two. He was patient, Through, always asking, are you okay and even made after hours calls to see how you were doing. He was truly one of a kind. Rest In Peace my friend, and my condolences to his wife Carol, Thad and the rest of his loving family and staff❤️
Sending condolences to the Schroeder Family
It saddens me so to have to compose this message. As with everyone else, I was shocked and heart broken on Sunday upon learning of Fred’s passing. Fred and your family have always been so kind and good to Shelby and Kate over these many years. I could never thank you enough. I wish I had the words to provide you some peace and comfort. The best I can do is express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences. I pray that God may provide you the strength and courage to handle these horribly difficult times. God Bless.
I first met Dr. Schroeder well before he moved into his current location. He was just one of those rare, well rounded and grounded human beings you hear tell of. He was the real deal. My condolences.