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Obituary for Frederick Tasker Hatch

Frederick Tasker Hatch
Frederick Tasker Hatch, 93, passed away on January 14, 2018. A research scientist, he was born in Boston in August of 1924, the son of Frederick Southard and Beatrice (Tasker) Hatch. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Virginia Ethel Weeks Hatch, four children (Daniel, Daphne, Deborah, and Douglas), three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Dr. Hatch graduated from Dartmouth College in 1944, from Harvard Medical School in 1948, and received a PhD in biochemistry from MIT in 1960. He took his internship at Roosevelt Hospital in New York in 1948-49, and was a Research Fellow at Columbia from 1949 to 1952. He joined the army as a Captain in 1952, working on nutrition and cold weather research until 1955. He spent the next five years at MIT.
From 1960-1965, he worked for the American Heart Association at the Massachusetts General Hospital. From 1965 to 1980 he was a Senior Scientist and Section Leader at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He was then appointed an Assistant Associate Director of the Lawrence Livermore Lab’s BioMed division and remained in that position until he retired to Meredith in 1987.
His research spanned a wide variety of topics over the years, including lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease risk factors, satellite DNA structures (especially in the kangaroo rat), food mutagens. He authored or contributed to scores of articles and book chapters.
During his time in Meredith, he was Secretary of the Land Conservation Task Force in 1989-90, Chairman of the Transportation Advisory Committee from 1994-2008, a member of the Meredith Historical Society, and most recently a member of the Project Advisory Committee for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation. He and Virginia were named Meredith Citizens of the Year in the mid-1990s.
He met the love of his life, Virginia, on the ski slopes. That typified his love for outdoor activities, including skiing (both downhill and cross-country), as well as hunting and fishing. He spent a good deal of time administering the conservation of the nearly 100-acre plot on which they lived, introducing a bit of technology by getting involved in GPS studies of the land. He also enjoyed exploring Sandwich’s back country.
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