Frederick Van Fleteren was born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan in 1941. He was raised by two devout Catholic parents who valued his education. He went to Catholic grade schools and colleges in the United States, as well as two Irish universities when he was getting his PhD. in philosophy. His interest in philosophy would guide his academic and professional career from his undergraduate years to the present day where he is a Philosophy professor at La Salle University. From 1967 until 1978, he was an ordained priest with the Augustinians. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Villanova in 1964 and 1968 respectively, and his PhD in ancient philosophy with a specialty in St. Augustine from the National University of Ireland and University College, Dublin in 1971. After leaving the priesthood in 1978, he worked as an assistant administrator at Crozer-Chester Medical Center at Crozer Pennsylvania in 1978, an executive director of the hospice program at Lourdes Hospital in Bingham New York from 1979 until 1981, and director of a hospice at Quakertown Pennsylvania from 1989 until 1995. He has been a professor at La Salle University since 1987, and has edited and published numerous academic articles and books since the 1970s.
Van Fleteren, Frederick Ph.D. and Wong, Leo, "Interview of Frederick Van Fleteren, Ph.D." (2013). All Oral Histories. Paper 51.
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