RIP Anthony Fredrickson

Anthony Fredrickson with USS Fredrickson
Anthony Fredrickson with USS Fredrickson. Doug Drexler

On February 15, 2016, Anthony Fredrickson passed away. He was a prominent scenery and graphic artist for the Star Trek franchise, whose work appeared in several Star Trek movies, exhibitions, and TV shows.

Fredrickson earned a Bachelor's from A School of Visual Arts in New York. His journey into Star Trek began during the mid-1970s, stocking shelves at a small Star Trek store in Manhattan, New York called the Federation Trading Post.

Fredrickson and the store's owner Doug Drexler also co-wrote The Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual in 1977, which illustrated various human and alien anatomies. Drexler was driven by his love of Trek to work in Hollywood as a makeup artist, and Fredrickson joined him in his new career as a PA. Fredrickson was quickly promoted to a scenic artist on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Fredrickson worked behind the scenes on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and was credited as a scenic artist for ten episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, including "Time Orphan" and "When It Rains." He was also a scenic artist on Star Trek: Enterprise for "Shuttlepod One" and part one of "Broken Bow," and worked on Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Generations. He also worked on the exhibitions Star Trek: The Experience and Star Trek World Tour.

Outside of Star Trek, Fredrickson worked as an uncredited graphic designer on the 2007 TV series Cane, and as graphic designer of 2009's I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell.

He also worked in makeup on For the Boys and Dick Tracy.

According to Doug Drexler, Fredrickson was nicknamed "The King of Kludge." "Kludge" is a term used in modeling circles for models that are quickly put together with random parts. Using this method, Drexler created the models for a Galaxy-class interior nacelle in TNG's "Eye of the Beholder," the Klingon Ty'Gokor space station on DS9's "Apocalypse Rising," the model of Presidio Starfleet Headquarters on DS9's "Homefront," and the Mars building complex on Voyager's "Lifesigns."

Star Trek graphic designers Denise and Michael Okuda told StarTrek.com, "Our friend Anthony was an endlessly creative member of the Star Trek art department. We used to keep a box of random junk in the office. Anthony delighted in diving into that box to come up with something ingenious whenever we needed a last-minute prop or some unexpected bit of set dressing. We will miss him very much."

While working at Deep Space Nine, Fredrickson met and later married Art Department Coordinator Penny Juday. After many years of marriage, Penny passed away in December 2015. Fredrickson died only a couple of months later from a heart attack.

Long-time Star Trek illustrator John Eaves told StarTrek.com, "We've lost a great friend. Anthony Fredrickson passed away too young, as did his wife, Penny, only two months earlier. Sad, sad times. Thinking of Anthony, you can't help but have a smile on your face. He was always full of laughter and amazement. On top of being incredibly funny, he had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back. His artistic and creative side had no bounds, as he could dress or detail any prop or set piece with no more than a box of tape and some hair curlers. We both loved a rather odd movie called The Loved One, and I remember how excited we were when it finally came out on DVD a few years ago.

He was a great friend and I am so glad we spent almost a decade working together in the Star Trek art department. His absence will always leave a sadness in my heart, but I know he and Penny are together again in heavenly grounds. God's speed [sic] to you, dear friend."

Long before his death, Fredrickson was honored by having a starship named after him in Star Trek canon. In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback," a relabeled Excelsior model was featured, the USS Fredrickson. The Fredrickson was later rendered in CGI in the DS9 episode "A Time To Stand." While Fredrickson may have passed on, his starship will fly the Galaxy forever.