Dr. Frederick H. Stunt
1917 - 2008
Teacher-Guidance Counselor-Principal


Dr. Frederick Stunt died in the morning of Monday, August 25, 2008. He had been taken to the hospital earlier for pain which he thought was related to his back cancer. They determined the problem was related to damage to his cervical neck caused by a fall several days earlier. They were going to give him an MRI and other tests, but his heart stopped, and he could not be revived.

Dr. Stunt and his wife, Winifred Walker Stunt, had just moved, three weeks earlier, into an assisted living place (something Dr. Stunt wanted to do so that Winnie would have people to watch over her). His daughter Barbara said she thinks one of the things keeping Fred going was the desire to know Winnie would be cared for. Mrs. Stunt died on November 8, 2008.


Fred Stunt lived in Selkirk, NY (near Albany), and went to high school a few miles south in Coeymans, where Sanford H. Calhoun was principal. He graduated Albany State Teachers College in 1937 and started teaching at Mepham High School that September. With Mr. Calhoun as principal, he served the district for 35 years, first as the general science teacher, later as a mathematics teacher, guidance counselor, principal of Mepham, and finally superintendent of the central high school district.

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A handsome young man, starting at the age of 20 as a general science teacher, he was not much older than his students. A story he would tell on himself - while the girls in his classes were looking up at him, they did not know he was looking back at them.

For many years Mr. Stunt spent his summers at Jones Beach as a Deck Officer and announcer for the nightly pool shows.

But he lost his heart to Winifred Walker, Principal Calhoun's secretary, and in February 1941 he married Winnie, who was also the daughter of trustee, Mrs. Clarence Walker.

During World War II Mr. Stunt served in the Navy and returned to Mepham after the war.

The Alumni Association has established the Dr. Frederick H. Stunt Scholarship in his memory. If you wish to contribute to the fund, please send checks payable to the W. C. Mepham High School Alumni Association, 2401 Camp Avenue, North Bellmore, NY 11710. Be sure to specify donation to "Stunt Scholarship Fund."

For more pictures of Dr. Stunt go to http://www.mepham.org/stunt-pix.html.