Frederic Joseph Altenburg was born April 24, 1930 to Norine WInter and Eugene Louis Altenburg in Buffalo, New York. He completed his elementary education at the Blessed Sacrament in Buffalo from 1936-1944. He attended St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute from 1946-1947, and upon completion in 1947, entered his Juniorate at St. Joseph's Normal Institute from August 29, 1947 to his graduation in 1948. He entered his Novitiate on June 29, 1948 and received his habit September 7, 1948.
Br. C. Frederic attended De La Salle College in Ammendale, Washington from 1949-1952. He then attended Manhattan College from 1952-1954, where he received his AB. He completed graduate work at Manhattan College from 1966-1967, receiving his MA in Theology in 1968. He also studied at the State University in Buffalo, where he received his MLS in 1975.
Br. Frederic's lengthy teaching career began in 1952 at the La Salle Institute in Troy, where he taught English I and Latin I and II. He continued on in 1955 to St. James/Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, where he taught the same subjects. In 1957, he moved on to De La Salle Institute (74th St. NYC) where he taught, English I, Latin I and II, and General Science. He taught the same subjects at St. Joseph's (1960), Cardinal Spellman High School (1963), Manhattan Theology-Sullivan Hall (1966), St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (1967), De La Salle College (1969), St. Joseph's College (1969), and Paramus Catholic (1976). From there, he was in charge of the District Archives at Manhattan College from 1978-1991. He retired to DeLaSalle Hall in Lincroft, NJ on March 28, 2006, where he stayed until his death in 2010.