Peter Carl Frederiksen

Peter Frederiksen died on October 16, 2020, in the embrace of his wife, Linda and their adult children, Paul and Jenny.  They loved him “to the moon and back.”  Two weeks earlier, his entire family had gathered at their Monterey home to express to “Papa” how much they loved him:   Paul, Stacey, Pete and Samantha; Jenny, Jeff and Jake and Linda.  He was a family man, first and foremost.


Peter was born in Bristol, England in 1943 to a Danish father and a British mother.  He so loved both the U.K. and Denmark.  He came to the US after attending Clifton College in Bristol, at the invitation of his brother, Christian.  Peter stayed in the US and  graduated with a doctorate in economics from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.  It was there that he met Linda and they married in 1971.  They moved to Monterey in 1974 when Peter became a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Peter was a teddy bear of a man with a gentle and kind heart.  He was an avid golfer  and a  spirited fisherman.  Oh, how he loved cars!  He enjoyed the NY Times & a good mystery novel, an occasional Bombay martini and travel...any where!  He savored Vivaldi & Bach, Cat Stevens, Willie Nelson & bagpipe music.

His family is deeply grateful to Dr. Thomas Kehl and Nicole, Shary Farr, the nurses and aides at Hospice of the Central Coast, and the kindest of caregivers: Ileini, Hector and Joseph.  It does take a village.

We hope to celebrate Peter and his life in 2021. 

Peter enthusiastically supported Linda in her work with Gathering for Women.  If you’d like to honor him, donations in his name can be sent to Gathering for Women:  www.gatheringforwomen.org.  or PO Box 601, Monterey, CA 93942