Fred L. Gerber, born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, recieved his PhB and MA from the University of Wisconsin in 1947. He headed the Film and Television Department of Montana State University from 1961 to 1982. He passed away of cancer in 1987. The endowment was established in 1983 by Dr. Karl Schlicher a colleague and friend.

Fred also held positions in the TV Department at University of Wisconsin, Indiana University and UCLA. During WWII, he served in the Army as an entertainment director. He worked in TV productions at CBS in 1945 and was a freelance radio and TV scriptwriter. He received a national Sigma Delta Chi journalism award and was a member of National Association of Educational Broadcasters, University Film Producers Association, Nation Association of Broadcasters and American Association of University Professors.

The conference room in the Visual Communications Building is dedicated in the memory of Fred L. Gerber. His service enabled the department to grow from 3 faculty and 25 students to a robust curriculum with 10 faculty and 270 majors at the time of his retirement in 1982. In addition, the approval and funding of the VCB was a major accomplishment during his tenure.

He is fondly remembered for his deep concern for the students and faculty of the Film and Television Department.

Updated: 07/25/2014