obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Frederick C Hatfield

October 21, 1942 ~ May 14, 2017 (age 74)

 Frederick Carl Hatfield, aka "Dr. Squat," died May 14th, 2017 from sudden heart failure. Fred was born in Williamstown, MA October 21, 1942, to Catherine Pedersen and Joseph Alfred Hatfield.  He was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp before attending college and eventually obtaining his Master's degree at  University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in Sports Psychology at Temple University. Fred went on to an illustrious career as an expert in the field of athletic performance and strength and conditioning. His career highlights include serving as the first editor-in-chief of Sport Fitness (now Men's Fitness,) coaching several high-profile professional athletes, authoring over 60 books on the subject of health, fitness and resistance training (including several best sellers,) being inducted into both the Powerlifting Hall of Fame and the Fitness Hall of Fame, and co-founding the International Sports Sciences Association. Fred was a legendary athlete in his own right; he was an internationally ranked gymnast as an undergraduate student at Southern Connecticut State University. He went on to become one of the most iconic powerlifters of all time, breaking over 30 world records in his powerlifting career (some of which still stand) and earning the moniker "Dr. Squat." His 1014 lb squat at age 45 in 1987 is still recognized as one of the most impressive feats of strength in the sport. Fred was generous with his time and knowledge in his field; the world of fitness and strength has lost a true pioneer and mentor. Fred is survived by his beloved wife Gloria and his four children Fred II, Disa, Kristen, and Beau.  Also survived by sisters, Alice Hatfield Azure, Carol Hatfield Bemis, Joan Hatfield, Cindy Bovat Cavagnaro, Sandra B. Poitras; brother, Bill Bovat and step-children, Bethany and Chris

 Service Information

Memorial Service
May 20, 2017

2:00 PM
Curlew Hills Memory Gardens
1750 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

© 2019 Sunset Point Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS