Frederick Jefferson Neal was born 12 October 1928 in Ashtabula, Ohio. He is the son of Frederick John Jefferson Neal (1886-1969) and Elsie Mary Field (1889-1978). He was educated in public schools where his father served congregations in the United States and completed his secondary education at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. He completed his first year at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and transferred to Mount Allison University in 1947 entering as a member of the Class of 1951. While in attendance he was an active member of the International Student Service (ISS), International Relations Club (IRC), Social Science Society (SSS), Pre-Med Society, Mount Allison Players Society, Club 800 as well as an enthusiastic debater and cheerleader. He played varsity soccer, was involved with track and served on the Men’s Council (1947-1948), Student Finance (1949-1950) and served as a member of the class executive and of the Eurhetorian Society. He worked as a model in the Department of Fine Arts and he was the inspiration for the male student who appears in the Alex Colville mural in Tweedie Hall. After graduation in 1950, he served with the United Nations Forces during the conflict in Korea. Upon his return, he continued his studies completing graduate work in history and geography ultimately obtaining a teaching certificate from the Ontario Teachers’ College. Thereafter, he taught high school history principally in Ottawa, Ontario and was involved in teacher training in Ghana for three years. Following early retirement in 1987 he became the chief archivist for the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and later the Anglican Diocese of Algoma. He was married to Sarah Ditchburn on 10 September 1955 in Rosseau, Ontario. The couple had three children: David, John and Darcy Elizabeth (1958-2019) – Class of 1980. He died on 10 January 2020 in Bracebridge, Ontario.