Paid Obituary (abstracted)
The Portland Oregonian
November 16, 2003
George Frederick Armentrout, III grew up in Waynesboro, VA, the son of George F. and Louise Armentrout. From an early age he was interested in electronics and music. He was a Ham radio operator, a winner of the Westinghouse International Science Talent Search, played trumpet and sang in the church choir. He eared a degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and received his master's from Stanford. He moved to Beaverton (OR) in 1973 to become an engineer for Tekronix; he worked there for 25 years, followed by a year at Lattice Semiconductor.
He met his future wife Sue Thompson when they both played with the PCC (Portland Community College) Community Band; they were married in 1985.
Fred combined his love of music and engineering by tape recording classical music concerts, and for over 20 years was one of the busiest and most sought-after recording engineers in Portland. Many of his recordings have been played on National Public Radio as well as on Portland classical radio. He also engineered numerous CDs for local groups, as well as providing recordings for grand and contest applications.
In March 2000, Fred underwent surgery for a brain tumor. He wholeheartedly applied his engineering mind-set to understanding his condition and managing his treatment, and he made a significant recovery. In March 2002, complications from illness resulted in a sudden and drastic decline in his condition, and for the past year and a half, he has been lovingly cared for by the wonderful staff at Maryville Nursing Home in Beaverton, where he died peacefully, with Sue and his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Bill Pollard, at his side.
He was buried in the family plot in Virginia on October 14th.