Fred Agel, a member of NALBOH’s Founding Committee, passed away on June 5, 2016 after battling health issues for the last 2 years.
Fred was a public health champion. He served on the DeKalb County, GA Board of Health for 25 years. He founded the Georgia Association of Local Boards of Health and served as President of the Georgia Public Health Association.
My introduction to Fred started in 1991 when representatives of 5 state associations of local boards of health GA; IL; NC; OH; and UT met in November in Atlanta, GA to share information about our state associations. At this meeting the group decided to form a national organization of local boards of health.
A founding steering committee was formed from representatives of these associations to guide in the development. Fred was the GA representative on the committee. Over the next 12 months, as chairman of the committee, I benefited greatly from Fred’s wisdom and guidance. When NALBOH was officially formed in November 1992, Fred was elected to be one of the two state association’s representatives to the board of trustees. He served on the NALBOH board in that position until 2000 and then served as the SE Regional director from 2000 to 2004. After Fred left the board his presence and support to NALBOH was always there.
Public Health was not the only interest Fred had. He was devoted to his wife Cathy and his children following them in their growth and careers. He loved to bake, and baked over 300 loaves of bread annually for charities. He loved sports particularly baseball which he played in high school and at Oglethorpe College. He was proud of his Alma Mater and devoted time and money in support of the students.
He served on the Ogelthorpe Board of Trustees from 2008-2016. All who knew Fred have benefited from his generosity and knowledge. NALBOH is indebted forever to his contributions. Thank you Fred and Cathy for being a part of NALBOH.