Frederick William Schwendimann III, 78, beloved husband and father passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Fred was known for his love of music, his compassion, his wit, and his beautiful tenor voice. Fred was a founding member of the board of directors of the New Mexico Community Foundation. He has served as a director and officer of the Orchestra of Santa Fe, and as a trustee of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. On occasion, he has provided pro bono legal services to such tax-exempt organizations as the Roswell Museum and Art Center Foundation and the New Mexico Foundation for Human Rights Projects. He sang and was a soloist in the tenor section of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus when it was founded in 2011. His career as an attorney began in Dallas and Washington D.C. where he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division. He continued to work as an attorney in the private firms of Baldwin and Haspel in New Orleans, Schwartz, Davenport and Schwendimann in Santa Fe, Hinkel, Cox, Eaton, Coffield, and Hensley in Albuquerque and Roswell, and the Law Office of Fred W. Schwendimann. He obtained the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude from Centenary College of Louisiana; Master of Theology from Southern Methodist University; Master of Arts in Liberal Education from St. John's College; and Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law.
He is survived by his wife, Philippa Schwendimann, his daughter, Amy Roe and her husband Josh, his granddaughter, Maya Roe, his brother Bob Schwendimann and wife Alice Ann, their children, Carrie (children, Harte, Gabriel and Mason), Wood (child, Stella Rae) and his former wife Carol Schwendimann. He was preceded in death by his son, Pab (Paul) Schwendimann. Also touching Fred's life were Philippa's family Laura and Bruce Eidelson and their children Daniel and Elizabeth; Allison and Jim Darnell and their daughters Brooke, Jaimie, and Katelyn; step-son, Paul Mahr and his daughter, Stella Joan.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87106 . Memorial contributions can be made to the New Mexico Symphonic Chorus at nmschorus.org, or the New Mexico Human Rights Projects at nmhrp.org.