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Fred R. Ziegler

d. January 17, 2021

Fred R. Ziegler, beloved husband of Ellen (Driscoll) Ziegler, passed away on Sunday, January 17th, 2021 at the age of 65. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he is the loving son of the late Ferdinand and Cacilia (Oberecker) Ziegler.

Fred grew up in Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. After graduation, Fred came to Cambridge, Massachusetts and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his master's degree in Chemical Engineering. During the 1980s, Fred became a co-founder of Aspen Technologies. For most of his career, Fred worked for MIT's Lincoln Labs as a contractor for the Department of Homeland Security.

An avid BMW motorcyclist, Fred loved the feel of the open road. Among his other passions were the Space X program, traveling with his family, astronomy and craft beer (both brewing and drinking). Fred was also a frequent volunteer for the Mystic River Watershed Association, a dedicated American Red Cross blood donor and a master of the deep fryer when making his famed Christmas turkeys.

In addition to being the husband of 34 years to Ellen, Fred was the devoted father of Dan Ziegler, Julie Ziegler-Latimore and her husband Kenya, Adam Ziegler and Owen Ziegler. Cherished grandfather of Theo, Xavier and Cassius. Loving brother of Tony Ziegler and John Ziegler and his wife Laurie. Fred also was an uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

Services for Fred will be held privately. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Fred's memory to the American Red Cross at

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