Fred Fetterolf '52
Navy veteran Fred Fetterolf entered Grove City College in 1946, competed with vigor in football, basketball and golf, while proving that heart and athleticism triumph over stature.
His active association with the College has spanned eight decades. He claims his teams didn’t win much, but what he learned contributed greatly to his business career.
“Fiery Fred” lettered as a halfback in football, a guard in the “Old Gym,” played as No. 1 man for the golf team and served as president of the Varsity G Club.
About Fetterolf, “Pound for pound, the best athlete we have at Grove City,” reportedly stated Dr. Robert Thorn, Grove City College’ athletic director from 1920 to 1957.
Fetterolf graduated from Rocky Grove High School in nearby Franklin, Pa. and then graduated from Grove City College in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He immediately went to work for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) as a salesman. He served in a variety of capacities in various locations until returning to the Pittsburgh home office in 1974.
He then advanced through a series of executive positions until his election as President and CEO in 1983. He retired from ALCOA in 1991. Fetterolf received the College’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1978, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1982 and chaired the successful capital gifts Campaign Committee beginning in 2000.
He has served on the boards of 10 publicly held companies and numerous business, industrial, community and educational organizations, including being the Chairman of the 1993 Billy Graham Crusade in Pittsburgh.