Catching Up With…Fred Raab ‘67

 

     After graduating from Curley as part of the third graduating class in 1967, Fred attended Loyola College (now Loyola University Maryland) and graduated in 1971 with a BA in Economics.  This was the time of the Vietnam War and the draft, so Fred enrolled in ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) at Loyola and was commissioned a second lieutenant at graduation.

     After college, Fred spent nine months working as a cost accountant for Western Electric, while attending Johns Hopkins University taking graduate courses in Economics.  He left Western Electric to spend three months active duty at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, at the Transportation School.  Fred remained in the reserves for the next eight years,  attaining the rank of Captain.

     After his active duty, Fred went to work for the Small Business Administration, handling disaster loans in the summer of 1972 after Hurricane Agnes came through the Baltimore area.  In September 1972 he began working full time for the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn and at the same time began law school at the University of  Baltimore School of Law, passing  the bar in 1977.  In 1985 he began practicing law on a full time basis and started a law partnership which has lasted until today.

     Today, Fred is the managing partner of Mignini, Raab & Demuth, LLP,  with offices in Towson and Bel Air. They handle Social Security disability claims, estate administration and wills, personal injury claims and criminal matters.  He says, “It is very gratifying to help individuals in their time of need.”

     In 1968, while working at a Loyola basketball game, Fred met the girl who would become his wife. Kathy and Fred married in 1973 and have two children and one granddaughter. He and his wife had the adventure of a lifetime when Fred, while working for Social Security, was appointed to assist the Regional Commissioner in Seattle.  As he tells it: “My wife took a leave of absence from her job at UMBC to accompany me to Seattle where she worked as well for a temp agency.  We drove across the country and visited most of the national parks on the way to Seattle.  We stayed in a great apartment complex  and learned that the Seattle Seahawks kicker was living right next door.  This was the first year of the Seahawk franchise (1976).  As a gift for completing law school, Kathy saved her money and surprised me with a 15-day trip to Hawaii.   I completed the job in Seattle, and we drove across the country again, this time the southern route down the west coast to San Francisco and then across to Las Vegas and home to Baltimore.   This trip, in our mid 20s, stirred our imagination for future traveling.”

     When reflecting on his Curley years, Fred says: “My experiences at Curley were all positive.  I learned how to write, how to study, how to deal with authority, and how to socialize and make friends.  I even learned how to drive (Mr. Cuneo).  Two of my best friends to this day were classmates of mine, Marion Kowalewski and Lenny Delozier.  Thirty-three years ago we started a poker group of eight to maintain friendships.  Every six weeks or so we play low stakes poker at rotating homes.  Sometimes we spend more time socializing than dealing cards.”  Fred served on the Board at Curley in the 1980’s along with his father, George Raab. 

     Fred and Kathy live in Ellicott City.  You can contact Fred at fraab@mrdlegal.com .

 

We hope to see Fred and many from the Class of 1967 at their 50th Reunion in May.

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