Fredric Paddock Hope dead at 68

Original Disney World planner

Fredric Paddock Hope, one of the original master planners for Walt Disney World, died Feb. 1 in Torrance of emphysema. He was 68.

Hope worked with the Walt Disney Co. from 1961 through 1973 as project designer and art director for many of the Disney World facilities.

He was also instrumental in the expansion and renovation of Disneyland, including the redesign of Tomorrowland in 1966.

Hope worked as an independent art director for motion pictures and TV, working on such productions as “Falcon Crest,” “Mike Hammer,” “Scarecrow & Mrs. King” and “Wonder Woman.”

From 1990 until the time of his death, Hope and his son, Fredric W. Hope, were partners in the Works, an entertainment design and creative development firm in Long Beach. Recent projects included the renovation of the Kobe, Japan waterfront area, and concept designs for a second gate attraction at Tokyo Disneyland.

In addition to his son, Hope is survived by his wife, Diana, another son and three daughters, a brother and a sister, and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Fredric Paddock Hope to the Emphysema Foundation, 5858 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

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