Fred Siegman, a friend we will miss

On December 30th Fred Siegman a friend and colleague of many of us who frequent this blog passed away. Fred possessed boundless energy and creativity so work or play was rarely dull when he was around. He was an extremely talented actor and musician and possessed strong business acumen. But of all of his talents, qualities, and skills the ones I value most were his honesty and integrity. I never knew Fred to compromise his values, he stayed the course. He was a friend you could always count on.

Fred you will be missed.

AZ


BioBOOM Op/Ed: Dr. Siegman, yes this Ph.D. never throwing his degree around was a leader and pioneer in the Biotech tool industry. He was involved with numerous start ups and handled alot of the day to day dirty work for companies to be successful in the early stages. In the long run he brought untold millions of dollars of value with his small day to day efforts for the industry we know today. Most recently we at BioBOOM were discussing new ideas such as biotech "podcasting" with Fred as the host. God knows how entertaining that would have been. But heaven's gain is our loss. Enjoy Fred. We miss you but know that you made your mark and were called to a higher effort much earlier then we anticipated.

24 comments:

Tim Fleming said...

I am deeply moved to hear the news of Fred's passing. Fred had a great ride, loved Sharon and his life in Santa Monica. He always, yes always, made me laugh when we talked or worked together. It was hard not to smile when he was in the room or on the phone with you. Smart, entertaining and professional. Yes he will be missed. A great guy to travel with and boy he knew his wines and his words for technical writing. Most of all you got the feeling he loved the adventure of life and laughs along the way.
Thanks for being a friend Fred, I will save the old vine zin for ya
Tim Fleming

Anonymous said...

Dear Fred,

Thanks for staying calm when everyone else was going crazy. Thanks for going crazy when everyone else was complacent. Thanks for the laughs. Thanks for the knishes. And thanks for being you.

Jim

Anonymous said...

Fred was my first office mate at QIAGEN. He gave our office and the company character. He kept me laughing with his jokes and all of those voices he did. Fred also had such a great energy. If I ever needed some creativity, I knew who to go to. His ideas ranged from brilliant to off the wall, but never ever boring. Thank you Fred for making those first years and many after so fun. I am certain that in the great beyond you are now entertaining a new group of souls... our loss is their gift.

Amy B

Anonymous said...

I am heartbroken by Fred's passing. I will miss his energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and his totally from left field reaction to events occurring around him. One memory of Fred will always be with me, the BioRobot tour 1998 or 1999, Fred driving and scaring everyone in the car with his driving while trying to confirm hotel reservations in the next city. I never laughed so hard before or since. Live was a hell of ride with Fred. I will miss him.

Ken

Anonymous said...

I am still having a hard time believing that this wonderful man that is always full of energy and life is no longer here. I can't tell you how sad this news has made me. I remember in one of my many conversations with Fred telling him that Sharon must be so lucky to have him at the dinner table at night. Boy, I will tell you that he really seems to enjoy his food. The way he would nibble and hum as he chewed each bite would intantly create a "Dinner table Symphony" and make any girl feel like a top chef. He was a very bright and funny man and always a pleasure to be around. He wasn't always a saint though. When a bunch of us would be joking around in the office, there were a few times you could see the mischievous thoughts slap through his eye balls looking for a politically correct way to come out. Where ever you might be Fred......I hope the food and wine is good! I'll miss you.

Windy Corea

Anonymous said...

Fred is gone, and the world is poorer for it. Fred was tenacious in supporting customers with problems: in a world focused on the bottom line, who will support them now? Fred was not afraid to take a chance to make people laugh: in a world of serious executives protecting their images, who will lighten the mood? Fred was uncompromising in his food, wine and hotel room requirements: in a world of people who will settle for whatever, who will demand a change? Lots of people, really, but I’m on a roll here. I remember Fred as Do, calling his people home in the tail of a comet. I remember Fred as the bass player for the Missing U, and we are, Fred. I remember Fred as a good friend, a dedicated professional, and someone who can never be replaced. Wherever you are, Fred, I hope they read your emails all the way to the end and do exactly what you want.

Brian

Anonymous said...

Fred,
Thanks for the memories and for your gift of friendship. You were the best dancer at the holiday parties, the best voice behind Einstein at shows, the fastest pippettor in our training lab, a better Richard Nixon than Richard Nixon was...It was never a dull moment with you around. We'll miss you.

Goodbye my friend.

Quan

Anonymous said...

I am stunned and terribly saddened by the news of Fred's passing. It has been a few years since I'd seen and talked to Fred, but I will never forget what a character he was. Fred was off-beat but good-natured, mischievous but never mean. I specifically love his Daffy Duck voice. He was such a fan of the BioRobot and contributed a great deal in its success. I got to spend some time with Fred in December 2001 when we rehearsed for the Kick-Off Meeting. He was great on base (or was it guitar? I was never good at the musical instrument area) and superb at keeping the band morale strong as we practiced into the night, after long days at work. Fred, wherever you are in Heaven, please know that we love and will miss you dearly.

Jim Snook said...

I could share a hundred stories in remembrance of Fred. I always appreciated Fred's energy and enthusiasm that came through in everything he did. The last time I saw Fred was when we bumped into each other at the airport in Oakland in 2005. We were both headed into San Francisco for a CHI meeting. I asked Fred how he was getting into The City, and he replied that he hadn't thought about it yet! I gave Fred and his exhibition booth a lift and we got to catch up while driving accross the Bay. Just weeks ago some colleagues and I were remembering Fred, and how he could somehow cause massive panic about the most mundane situation, yet stay calm during the worst storm. We agreed at the time that the world needed more people like Fred. While Fred's passing brings me great sadness, I feel a part of Fred will live on in me and I hope the rest of us, as the world truly does need more Fred Siegmans.
Jim Snook

Anonymous said...

I am stunned and terribly saddened by the news of Fred's passing. It has been a few years since I'd seen and talked to Fred, but I will never forget what a character he was. Fred was off-beat but good-natured, mischievous but never mean. I specifically love his Daffy Duck voice. He was such a fan of the BioRobot and contributed a great deal in its success. I got to spend some time with Fred in December 2001 when we rehearsed for the Kick-Off Meeting. He was great on base (or was it guitar? I was never good at the musical instrument area) and superb at keeping the band morale strong as we practiced into the night, after long days at work. Fred, wherever you are in Heaven, please know that we love and will miss you dearly.
Rosalie

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

This is Don Benson. Sadly, I was one of the first to hear this very bad news. I counted Fred as a very close friend and someone who I could draw energy from when I was around him.

I want to remember all the good that was Fred...his kindness, his wit, and most of all, his love of Sharon, who I know misses him most of all.

My personal recollection of Fred was his zest for eating...something I shared with him. I know that sound dumb, but he was the only person who "sang" to himself while he ate....truly unique. I am saddened that I'll never hear his "song" at the dinner table again.

Don

Anonymous said...

I am so sad to hear about this...I first met Fred when he was still at MD. We shared an awful vendor spot at a UCSF show; his worse than mine. He was such a character; at various times complaining about the (lack of) traffic, doing a soft shoe dance, and rapturously singing the praises of San Francisco restaurants and wine. But that was Fred; everything at once. A wonderful dancer, a loud chewer; an articulate salesman, a garrulous marketing guy. I knew I could count on him for a bad joke (with good chuckle factor)and expert advice. He was always willing to help and would go to great lengths to take care of us in the field and our customers.

This quote says it all - it was you, Fred...you savored life. And you will be missed:

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

Audrey

Anonymous said...

I don't know if it's appropriate for me to intrude here but I was moved by your memories of Fred....
Alex, you captured the essence of Freddie-his integrity; Tim,Fred's appreciation of wine-he loved a great wine, but he loved finding a great bargain even better-don't wait to drink that old vine Zin-life is short;Jim-the zaniness that was Fred; Amy-Fred's remarkable ability to voic over anyone,my favorite was Deputy Dog; Ken-Fred's energy was boundless and comforting-it's absence now is palpable; Wendy, I never thought of Freddie's nibbling and humming at the dinner table as a symphony, but thank you for giving me a different perspective; Quan-you're right, Fred was giving-he always thought about friends and colleagues and would go to the ends of the earth to be helpful-he respected you all; Jim-you identified Fred's panic mode-I always wondered why he worried so much about possibilities; Don, it's comforting to hear that others thought that Freddie loved me-I always knew; and Brian,you are absolutely right, he can never be replaced.
Thank you all for making me laugh and cry.

Anonymous said...

I too was deeply saddened to hear of Fred's passing. My recollections of Fred are in line with the others here. His love of wine, his positive, cheery disposition and above all, a team player that wanted everyone to do well. We miss you Fred! Byron

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Michelle said...

I didn't think it was real at first I had to do my own dirty work and try snooping around to find out more...I needed more to make sure it was true and unfortunately it was. To think Fred is gone is crazy and fills me with sadness. Like everyone else has said Fred will be missed, his enthusiasm and cheerfulness. I was with him all the way till his last day at Q where he had to be in a little cubical – that was fun! I will remember Fred for his Sponge Bob voice, running around frantic at times, Noah's bagels...I could go on and on we had many great and meaningful conversations that I will never forget. This is a very sad loss but I know Fred is making others up above laugh and he has to know he is still making us smile down here too. You will be forever missed Fred.
Michelle Garcia

Doug Last said...

This really stinks...I'm still flummoxed by Fred's passing. I traveled with Fred for a couple of weeks on the QIAGEN roadshow and grew to really look forward to the next day with him. We did 2 straight weeks on the road and I caught him changing his hotel room no fewer than 6 times out of 10 possible nights. The guy was an American original and he could do an absolutely brutal Katherine Hepburn. It was even funnier with a glass or 2 in his belly and a partially full mouth. He was a delightful guy. We had a blast in Quebec City 2.5 years ago. My wife was there with me and that was the only time she met Fred. When I broke the news she cried. This stinks.

Joni said...

I was completely shocked by the news of Fred's passing. I didn't believe it at first. I am very happy that I was able to work with him for 3 years in marketing. His knowledge of the market and his dedication to doing the best he could always impressed me. He was never satisfied with just finishing a task - he had to look at if from every angle to get it just right. He could always make me laugh and most of all showed a great deal of patience in dealing with me! Thanks Fred for making my life better. I will miss you!

Anonymous said...

Like all of you, I was shocked and very upset to hear this news.

It was a great pleasure to have known Fred. His humor and down-to-earth, unassuming nature are what I will remember most.

After leaving Q Fred and I kept in contact. He was up in the Bay Area this past fall and we managed to get together for lunch. We talked a bit about the industry and about the people with whom we had worked. Fred spoke with clear affection and respect for those with whom he worked at Q. We both agreed that it was a great time and that we were all fortunate to have had a great group of co-workers.

Fred, no doubt you will be missed.

Michael Sturges

Karen said...

I still cannot really believe that Fred is no longer with us. When I think of him, I always remember his laugh ... it was a warm laugh (with a dash of mischief mixed in) that always left me smiling. From his imitations (I loved SpongeBob, Patrick and Ross Perot) to his jokes and his quirks, Fred made all of us smile ... often. Over the 10 years I had the pleasure of knowing him, I cannot ever remember him being anything but this positive, wonderful, creative, thoughtful person who had a light around him. He was truly one of the most genuine people I have met in my lifetime. I was blessed to know him and work with him for so many years and he will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you Fred. Thank you for bringing so much light and happiness to all of us who were so fortunate to know you.
- Karen

Karen said...

I still cannot really believe that Fred is no longer with us. When I think of him, I always remember his laugh ... it was a warm laugh (with a dash of mischief mixed in) that always left me smiling. From his imitations (I loved SpongeBob, Patrick and Ross Perot) to his jokes and his quirks, Fred made all of us smile ... often. Over the 10 years I had the pleasure of knowing him, I cannot ever remember him being anything but this positive, wonderful, creative, thoughtful person who had a light around him. He was truly one of the most genuine people I have met in my lifetime. I was blessed to have know him and worked with him for so many years and he will always have a special place in my heart. I will miss you Fred. Thank you for bringing so much light and happiness to all of us who were so fortunate to know you.
- Karen

Jaspreet said...

Oh my God!!! I just heard the news as I was leaving QIAGEN...I just cannot believe it. Fred has been my friend over the years and showed me the BioRobot world when I first started at Q (9 years ago). He travelled with me on my very first field trip to New Mexico and later during my long long training time at Q, he and Sharon very graciously invited me to their home for a VEGETARIAN DINNER. I can never in my life forget that...Thanks FRED and Sharon!!! Fred and me shared our birthday with Uncle Sam...Apr 15. It was always a joke as to who will wish the other one first...Usually I wished him first since my Bday came sooner on east coast than his...This year I have only Uncle Sam to share my birthday with.....
Fred, I miss you and always will especially on Apr15, you have been a great friend, a friend who I could trust with any and all info. Fred you have been a great resource to tap into and you have been just awesome....I hope the other world appreciates you more than what we have been able to...and Sharon I am thinking about you......
Jaspreet (Arora) Seth

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