Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fred Ugast Died on 4/6/12 (4/13/16)

Fred Ugast died on 4/6/12.  His Washington Post Obituary is here.  The portion related to his Tax Division work is:
Judge Ugast began his legal career at the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney in the Lands Division, follow by leadership roles in various sections of the Tax Division. In 1969, he became the Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division. During his 23-year career at the Department of Justice, he received the Department of Justice Sustained Superior Performance Award in 1961 and the Attorney General''s Award for Exceptional Service in 1971.
But, the rest of the obituary is worth reading, for he led a very full life outside the Tax Division.

1 comment:

  1. We served together in the ‘50’s, when he was a bright, “can do everything” young lawyer – always with a twinkle in his eye. Later, he was my younger brother’s section chief and spent generous amounts of time mentoring him. My fondest memory of Freddy, though, was after we’d both left the Division – he for his elevation to the D.C. Superior Court of which he became Chief Judge and I’d drifted off into teaching and practice. A couple friends of my daughter had become engaged to each other. The prospective groom was Christopher Hitchens, the provocative writer, contrarian – and, I discovered, an admiring scholar of Lincoln. He called me to see if he and Carol could be married at midnight in the Lincoln Memorial on a significant Lincoln anniversary. I called Chief Judge Freddy, of course, to see if something so outrageous could be pulled off without felony counts. There was not a moment’s hesitation: “Carr,” he said, “I’ll do it. In case a guard asks what we’re doing there in the middle of the night, I’ll have a special order signed by the Chief Judge of the Superior Court with me!” (In the event, Christopher and Carol were married, with Freddy’s and my blessing (and relief) elsewhere and stayed in that happy state until death did them part.)

    Carr Ferguson
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