A tribute to 'Mr. Rotary' of Newton
This past week, Newton lost another outstanding stalwart and unforgettable individual, 90-year-old Fred Pittman.
Old timers will remember Fred as a long-time partner and owner of the Newton Farm Implement firm at the east edge of Newton. Fred was a rather quiet, behind-the-scenes individual who took care of the finances with his steady, mathematical demeanor. He was known and respected far and wide.
I first became acquainted with Fred back in 1972, when I joined the Newton Rotary Club. Fred had been a Rotarian since 1957. He served in many capacities, including president, as well as club secretary for a continuous 35 years. Fred never missed a weekly luncheon meeting for 45 years straight. When away from home, he “made up” in areas all over the United States, and in many parts of the world. Talk about dedication to a service club — Fred broke all records!
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