In Memoriam: Frederic John Drake

May 3, 2012 — Frederic John Drake, a faculty member at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, died April 25 in Charlottesville. He was 67.

The Seven Society sent a letter to the Darden School, saying, "Fred enriched the University community by gifts of intellect, kindness and compassion." Colleague Everette Fortner, Darden's executive director for corporate relations, recently wrote a blog post, "What Fred Taught Me," which can be read here.

At age 16, Drake entered the U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science's five-year aeronautical engineering program. He graduated in 1966 and received his master's degree in aerospace engineering in 1969.

He worked on the Manned Lunar Landing Program and watched from the Spacecraft Center as the first man landed on the moon in July 1969.

Drake had been associate director, Career Development Center, University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Diana Murphy Drake; his son, Theodore Nelson Drake of Charlottesville; and two brothers and two sisters.

A reception for family and friends will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's Church in Ivy. Interment will be private.

— by Anne Bromley