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May 2, 2012

Friends and Supporters of Us TOO,

As you know, Fred Gersh passed away on April 5, 2012. I have learned that his internment in Arlington National Cemetery is now scheduled for Monday, July 30th, 2012, with the funeral services starting at the Fort Meyer Old Post Chapel at 1:00pm.

I also wanted to share with you Fred's obituary. Fred was not only a respected man in the prostate cancer world, he was a true American hero.

Young Fred Gersh.pngFrederick Sheppard Gersh - On April 5, 2012, Frederick Sheppard Gersh passed away at home surrounded by his family following a long and difficult battle with prostate cancer. Fred had a distinguished 27-year career in the United States Air Force. His Air Force career included service in Iceland, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, the Republic of Vietnam, Ohio, West Germany, England, and finally Washington DC. His major military service awards and decorations included the Legion of Merit with oak leave cluster (OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with OLC, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with "Valor" device and four OLCs, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Honor Medal 1st class and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with palm. Fred retired as a Colonel on June 30, 1986. After the military, Fred worked for the US Department of State supporting U.S. embassy facilities maintenance programs and projects worldwide within the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. From October 1987 to January 2004 Fred also worked at the University of Maryland in College Park in Capital Projects Facilities Management. Fred was involved in many programs and projects including the Performing Arts Center and athletic and academic support facilities at six of the eleven campuses of the University of Maryland system. Fred became a fierce advocate for prostate cancer awareness and Veterans' Health following his exposure to Agent Orange during his service in Vietnam. His efforts ranged from tireless one-on-one support, informative and encouraging documentation and videos for patients, their families and caregivers to personally addressing members of Congress on the need for increased funding for cancer-related programs. For twenty years, Fred served as the "Us Too" Prostate Cancer Support Group Leader and Facilitator at the Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Va. Fred was recognized for his advocacy efforts when he received the 2010 Outstanding Advocate Award from US TOO International, a non-profit prostate cancer education and support network of 325 support group chapters worldwide. Fred was known for his amazing energy, drive, and his generosity sharing his smile and origami cranes. Fred is survived by his wife of 53 years, Maxine "Micki"; and his three sons, Mark, his wife Bernadette, and their daughter Jordan; Robert, his wife Susan, their daughter Shira and son Avram; and Ben. Fred is also survived by his brother, Milton Gersh and sister, Joan Hankin. A Funeral Service will be held at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer on July 30, 2012 at 1 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to send contributions to Us TOO International. 

I am pleased and honored to have known and worked with Fred. His family and friends continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.


Thomas Kirk
President & CEO
Us TOO International
Downers Grove, IL 60655
Office: 630-795-1002
Toll Free: 800-808-7866

Tom Kirk