In Recognition of Fred Eatonby Representative Debbie Dingell
Posted on 2016-01-07
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Fred Eaton for
his twenty years of service with Comcast and his commitment to
expanding access to media across Southeast Michigan.
A native of Chicago, Fred attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he majored in Radio and Television. After college, Fred went to work for southern Illinois' Mt. Vernon Register- News, writing articles by day and rewriting them for the evening news by night. It was during this time that Fred pioneered advances in the ``Eyewitness News'' format.
[[Page E17]] Fred moved to Michigan with his wife, Mary, and daughter, Virginia, taking up an editor post at the Adrian Daily Telegram. Always generous with his time and expertise, Fred consulted for the Lenawee County Democratic Party before going on to serve the public interest working with Congressman John Dingell. It was no surprise to any when Comcast asked Fred to be their man in Southeast Michigan. As the company has grown, so too has Fred's engagement in the community.
During his time with Comcast, Fred has been involved with numerous community organizations. He has served as a board member of The Guidance Center and the International Association for Organ Donation, as a founding member of Everybody Ready! and as chairman of the Great Start Collaborative for Wayne County. Fred has also served on the boards of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the American Arab Chamber of Commerce, and the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Chambers of Commerce. Our communities have been truly enriched by Fred's commitment.
When there was a need some place, Fred was always the first to say ``how do we help?'' An event didn't feel complete if Fred wasn't there. Most striking was his outlook on life--always smiling, always positive and always seeing the glass half full. He is leaving our community, and his departure will create a hole in many hearts.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today to honor Fred Eaton for his service to our community. I thank him for his leadership and wish him many years of happiness ahead of him.