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John Conrad Fredriksen
Feb. 18, 1953 - July 30, 2014

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John C. Fredriksen, PhD, born February 18, 1953, independent historian, scholar and self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Overachiever,” dropped out of high school, earned his GED, published two history books, then gained admission into the history program at UCLA, after which he worked in animation for some years while continuing to write history. Back in Rhode Island, he earned the last PhD in History granted by Providence College, and spent his life doing exactly what he loved: writing and researching. He was the author of more than 30 books and reference encyclopedias on military history, his publications ranging widely, from Fighting Elites: A History of U.S. Special Forces (2011) to America's Military Adversaries: From Colonial Times to the Present (2001). At the time of his death, Fredriksen was editing an 1,100-page manuscript of annotated letters from the War of 1812, his favorite period of military history. Though Fredriksen published mainly military history, he enjoyed taking a break now and again, often to revisit his childhood, such as in Men Into Space (2012), his episode guide and memories of the first space-exploration television show based on serious science. He passed on July 30th, and his ashes were buried at a private ceremony on August 7th at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lynn, MA, at a family plot, next to his beloved sister, Lisa. John is survived by another beloved sister, Paula Fredriksen, PhD, a brother in law, Alfred Tauber, MD, three nieces, Aliza and Hannah Landes, and Noa Ben Harav, a nephew, Michael Glickman, and many other relatives and friends. Dr. Fredriksen is, no doubt, discussing military history with Thucydides and Xenophon at this moment, and taking notes.