School Committee member Fred Pompeo, pictured at left, has served as a public official in Medford for nearly 60 years. Photo courtesy Medford School Committee.
- Allison Goldsberry
School Committee member Fred Pompeo had a good one-liner when his colleagues surprised him with a birthday cake for his 90th birthday at Monday night’s School Committee meeting:
“We should do this again next year!” Pompeo joked, after being presented with a cake and present.
Pompeo, a former school teacher, POW, and father of eight was honored for his sixth decade of public service in Medford. Pompeo has served on the School Committee and has also served as mayor.
“It was a long road, but it was a good road…Getting to 90 wasn’t easy,” said Pompeo.
Pompeo, who also has sixteen grandchildren, spent four years in the army, including six months as a prisoner of war after he was injured during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. He said the years he has spent on the School Committee are among the best he has had in his long life.
In other School Committee news, Columbus Elementary School Principal Joan Yaeger appeared before the School Committee during Monday night’s meeting to publicly thank an anonymous donor for a $2,500 donation to the school. Yeager said the same donor, who wished to remain anonymous, also donated money to the school two years ago.