Fred Rochlin, born to a family of Russian Jewish Immigrants, graduated from Nogales High School and briefly attended the University of Arizona. In December, 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was stationed in Italy with 456th Bombardment Group. Fred later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture From UC, Berkley in January 1949.
Following his graduation in 1949, Rochlin apprenticed in the offices of two renowned architects: Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Eames. In 1952, he partnered with Berkeley classmate, Ephraim Baran, to form Rochlin & Baran, Architects, Engineers and Planning. During his tenure as founding partner, 1952 to 1986, the firm completed major medical facilities and observatories in California, seventeen other states, and in Iran and Israel.
In his spare time he conducted a passionate search for data and images documenting the history of early Jews in the Southwest, with special emphasis on southern Arizona and Arizona-Sonora border.