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J.G. Boswell Scholar Carl Froehlich

Friday, 02 August 2019 16:25 Written by 
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Carl was an active student at Corcoran High School. He served as class representative his freshman year, served as class president his sophomore and junior years and was the ASB President this senior year. He was a four-year member of the CHS band where he played the trumpet and French horn. He played football his freshmen, sophomore and junior years and participated in Cross Country his freshman and senior years. Carl was also a four-year member of the track and field team and set several school records in both cross country  track and field that were maintained for several years, according to his wife, Sandra Delvin.
He was also a member of the California Scholarship Foundation (CSF) and participated in activities at the First United Methodist Church including playing instrument during services and he also played trumpet (Taps) at veteran’s memorial services.
Upon graduation from Corcoran High, Carl attended the University of Southern California (USC) and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1974.  He furthered his education and received his Masters of Science from USC in 1978 while working full-time at Ralph M. Parsons.
While in college, Carl re-established the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and served as President; he was a member of the Engineering Student Council (student governing body for school of engineering); he was a member and officer in the Civil Engineering Honor Society (Chi Epsilon); and was a member and officer in the National Engineering Honor Society (Tau Beta Pi)
Froehlich was also a member of the Skull & Dagger, a USC school-wide honor, service, and achievement society. He won the School of Engineering’s Outstanding Achievement in Leadership in 1974.
Carl worked as a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and worked mainly in the nuclear energy field.  He was employed by various companies due to mergers and other factors and they include Ralph M. Parsons, NuTech, Pacific Nuclear, Vectra, Westinghouse Fuels, BNFL Fuel Solutions, EnergySolutions & ZionSolutions. 
Carl also worked in Iran (before the fall of the Shah of Iran) on a copper mine for Ralph M Parson. He worked on nuclear power plants visiting plants in the United States (in the South, Northeast, and Midwest) as well as in Ukraine, Taiwan, Italy, Spain and France. Carl was a technical expert in fracture mechanics, Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking (IGSCC), spent fuel storage and transportation systems, structural and civil engineering design.
He has numerous published technical articles in several journals including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. His position titles included Engineering Manager & Engineering Consultant. 
Carl met his wife in college, Sandra A. Delvin. They had two children Alexandra D. Froehlich and Matthias D. Froehlich. Carl’s hobbies included Golf, movies, and reading. He volunteered his time with the Indian Guides and Princess; Girl and Boy Scouts; church; Coaching children’s basketball and soccer teams; and the Big Brothers Program.
His parents were Corcoran residents Magdalene (Deceased 1/2016) and Erwin Froehlich (deceased 10/2010).
Erwin worked for 40 or more years for the Gilkey’s, living on a home on their property in Corcoran near their equipment yard. Magdalene was a past president of the PTA when her children were in school.  Carl’s parents emigrated from Germany a few months before Carl was born.  So, Carl is a first-generation native-born American.  And, he was a first-generation college student since neither of his parents was able to complete college. Carl has two siblings Robert Erwin Froehlich (graduated in 1971 from CHS) and Christine Froehlich Shippey (1972 Boswell scholarship winner).
According to Carl’s wife Sandra the Boswell Scholarship allowed Carl to expand his knowledge, his experience, and his world. 
“He mentioned the importance of the Boswell Scholarship which allowed him to obtain his education and have a fulfilling and well-respected career as well as travel to so many unique places in the world,” Delvin said. “He stressed the importance of education with his children, Alexandra and Matt.  Carl saved for his children’s education so that they would not have to be solely dependent on receiving scholarships.  Without the scholarship, Carl probably would not have been able to attend USC and perhaps not a four-year college”.
She added that Carl stressed the importance of keeping your word and doing your best. 
“‘You never know what doors will open or close because of what you have done or what you are doing’, he would often say well as ‘Do your best, so that more doors will open’.  He would mention the importance of giving back and helping others as well.  We believe this was due to positive impact the Boswell scholarship had on Carl’s life,” Sandra remarked.
So, because of that, Sandra added that when Carl passed, her family knew exactly how Carl would want them to remember him and that was by having a scholarship fund to assist others graduating from Corcoran High School. 
“Therefore, we established a scholarship in his memory--the Carl H. Froehlich Memorial Scholarship,” Sandra added. 
Since 2016, seven scholarships in Carl’s name totaling approximately $10,000 have been awarded to Corcoran high School graduates.
The annual Col. J.G. Boswell scholarships are provided to Corcoran High School seniors by The James G. Boswell Foundation. The foundation began offering the scholarships in 1956.

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Tina Botill

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