OBIT FredBeulow

Fred Karl Buelow, age 83, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2018.

He was born August 14, 1934 in New York, New York to German immigrants Mary T. and Frederick P. Buelow. Fred grew up on City Island, The Bronx, New York, and attended the Bronx High School of Science and City College New York. In 1956 Fred married Janet (Redlus), whom he met at the Bronx High School of Science, then moved to Poughkeepsie, New York where they started their family, then moved to Los Altos, California in 1966.

Fred is survived by his wife, Janet Buelow, and his six children: Ron, Annette, Heidi, Alicia, Pietra and Paul. Fred is also survived by his five grandchildren; Natalie, Nick, Maddy, Dante, and Charlie, his brother-in-law Bobby, his niece and nephew Hal and Sue, and his dog Sophie. Fred was surrounded by his loving family throughout his life. He appreciated and encouraged the young family members in their talents and interests, listening to, and supporting them whenever they needed him.

He began his career at IBM, then went on to work in many Silicon Valley start-ups including becoming one of the founders of Amdahl Corp, President of Microtechnology, and Chairman of the Board of Storage Technology. Additionally, he worked at AIDA, Teradyne, and HAL Computer. Fred loved his work and was always delighted by new technology and the next exciting venture. Fred enjoyed economics and creating constructive charts and graphs. He loved reading, and especially appreciated a good science fiction novel. He particularly enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.

Fred was a member and President of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship in Poughkeepsie, New York (1956-1966), moving to the Palo Alto UU Church (1966-2018) where he was the church President and later the Treasurer. Fred was very generous and philanthropic, supporting social justice and family causes throughout his entire life through the UU Church and many other community organizations.

A memorial service is scheduled for May 19, 2018, 11am at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto in the Main Hall. For information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred Buelow’s name to: or UUCPA (

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