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Fredrick Aandahl ’41

Fredrick Aandahl ’41, December 27, 1997, in Princeton, New Jersey following a long illness. After serving in World War II in the European Civil Affairs Division of the U.S. Army, Frederick entered the graduate program in history at Princeton University. He earned a master’s degree in 1947 and a PhD in 1955, and taught in the history department at Princeton and Bowdoin College. In 1951, he was appointed as a diplomatic historian in the Department of State, Washington, D.C., serving as one of the editors of a collection of documents on Germany foreign policy in 1918–45. He then took a job in Princeton as an associate editor of the papers of Thomas Jefferson. In 1956, he returned to the State Department and worked in the Historical Office, and in 1976 he became deputy director of the office. While with the State Department, he served as editor of a multi-volume series on U.S. foreign relations. He retired from the department in 1979 and returned to Princeton, where he became the associate editor of the papers of Woodrow Wilson. He retired in 1984 but continued to volunteer on the Wilson project. He was a member of the National Historical Publications Commission, the American Historical Association, and the Association of Documentary Editing. Survivors include his wife of 35 years; a stepson, and a stepdaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1998

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