Fred L. Cole, Jr. was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas From the time he was in the fifth grade worked in the family business to earn money for college. After graduating from W.B. Ray High School he was off to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas in College Station where he was also a member of the Corps of Cadets. He became one of five out of 36 in his outfit, to finish college, and 1 of 2 who finished in 4 years.
After graduation, at the age of 21, he went into business for himself in Harlingen, Texas. He obtained a signature loan for $1,000 for startup capital, and was on his way. To keep up with the changing times the business went from an office machine business (following his father) to selling mechanical printing calculators. It was then to marketing mechanical cash registers and time clocks, which then evolved to electronic registers and clocks. Finally, it was point of sale and automated time accounting systems that turned the $1,000 into a multi- million dollar company. During his tenure in that field he served on the board of the two national organizations serving that industry.
After almost 50 years it was time to retire and get into the real estate and investment business. While in Harlingen Fred has given of his time to serve numerous organizations where he has been President or on the Board. One of his favorites was the Jaycees or Jr. Chamber of Commerce; at the time an organization focused on leadership in young men the ages of 21 to 35. Under Fred’s leadershipm, the Harlingen Jaycees became the most recognized club in the nation in its population division; for Outstanding President in the State of Texas and The Outstanding Young Man in Harlingen.
Fred became interested in MacuClear after reading an article about Dr. George Chiou in the Texas Aggie magazine. Thinking this drug just might work, he called his brother Rex, an ophthalmologist. After meeting with Phil Ralston and Dr Chiou in College Station they bought the balance of outstanding MacuClear shares. At that time phase one testing was just getting underway. It was at that meeting that Fred told Phil he would help raise funds for the next phase of testing. The die was cast and Fred was on his way to helping make MacuClear a hopeful answer to macular degeneration.
Fred has stayed close to Aggieland. After heading up the local Aggie Club he took on the project of recruiting for the A & M Corps of Cadets. He stays close to his church, and serves any way he can.
Fred has a fantastic partner in his wife, Martha. Together they raised their 4 girls, … Suzanne, Stephanie Lyn, Allison and Elizabeth Ann who have brought them 6 super grand children