Frederick W. Pflum, a retired engineer who had a house in Amagansett for about 20 years, but split his time more recently between Virginia Beach, Va., and Tillson, N.Y., died on Sept. 20 in Tillson.
Born in Jamaica, Queens, on March 23, 1926, to G. Frederick Pflum and Erna E. Pflum, Mr. Pflum attended P.S. 118 Brooklyn Technical High School, followed by a stint at the New York State Maritime Academy, where he completed the deck officer course. He served the last months of World War II in the Merchant Marine in both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean theaters, then earned a degree in engineering from Syracuse University.
With that, he went to work for the Worthington Corporation in the research and development department while he continued his studies at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, earning a master’s in engineering, and later did graduate work at Columbia University.
After a year with Worthington, he went on active duty with the Navy, working with the supervisor of shipbuilding and the Naval Inspector of Ordinance. He eventually retired with the rank of lieutenant commander of the United States Naval Reserves, and returned to work for Worthington, which became Ingersoll Dresser, rising to the upper management level and spending long stretches of time during his 41-year career in various capitals and major cities around the world including Newark on Trent in England, Milan, Madrid, and Mexico City.
He was drawn to Amagansett by his love of the water, said his sister, Janice E. Hornbeek. He enjoyed boating and fishing and kept a cabin cruiser at the Gone Fishing Marina in Montauk. He was a member of the American Legion Post 419 in Amagansett.
He was a member of many professional societies, including the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was also a member of the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Power Squadron.
In his senior years, he competed in the Senior Olympics, on local and national levels, earning a silver medal in archery at the national games.
He is survived by his sister, who lives in Tillson.
A funeral was held yesterday in Tillson and Mr. Pflum was to be buried there.