Ernest E. Fandreyer
By Phillip R Smith   
November 7, 2012

Ernest E. Fandreyer (1926-2012)

Ernest E. Fandreyer, a former USCF member from Fitchburg, Massachusetts, died at home on Nov. 2, 2012 - three days after his 86th birthday. He was born on Oct. 30, 1926 in Bonn, Germany, the son of Emil and Bertha Fandreyer. He grew up in Bonn and studied at the University of Bonn and the University of Southampton in England. He received a master of science degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1971. He earned his doctorate of education in mathematics education from Boston University in 1984. He taught mathematics at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. In 1998, he retired as professor emeritus after 33 years of teaching mathematics at Fitchburg State College - now Fitchburg State University. During his retirement, he made a major contribution in the field of mathematics by being the first person ever to translate from Latin to English the 1799 doctoral thesis of the great German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855) "A new proof of the theorem that every integral algebraic function of one variable can be resolved into real factors of the first or second degree."

Dr. Fandreyer leaves his wife of 52 years, Heide (Hildebrand) Fandreyer, and his four children: Gerhard Fandreyer of Phillipston, Mass., Heide Messing and her husband, Jack, of Townsend, Mass., Carl Fandreyer of Fitchburg, and Fe Fandreyer and her husband, Roland Meunier, of Templeton, Mass., and five grandchildren, Emily, Sarah and Daniel Messing of Townsend, and Roland III "Trip" and Adele Meunier of Templeton. He is also survived by a brother, Wilfried Fandreyer of Sankt Augustin, Germany.

He was a member for 44 years of St. Bernard's Parish at St. Camillus Church, where he was a lay reader and taught CCD classes for many years.

He joined the USCF in February 2002 and played in more than 100 rated tournaments at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University in the 10 years that he was a member of the club.

Obituary submitted by
George Mirijanian, Program Director, Wachusett Chess Club

Ernest E. Fandreyer may you rest in peace.