Elected in 1974
“For contributions to aeronautics and space in
government and in private industry.”
BY ROBERT WERTHEIM
DANIEL J. FINK, whose professional lifetime was spent in service to our country, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2012, at the age of 85. Born in Union City, New Jersey, Dan graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with B.S. and M.S. degrees in aeronautical engineering. He had been afflicted with polio at the age of 13, which in later years required the use of canes and walkers and ultimately a wheelchair but which he never allowed to restrict his ebullient nature, brilliant insights, and leadership skills.
Dan’s services were in management and advisory capacities to the U.S. Department of Defense and many other agencies, both public and private. From 1963 to 1967 he served in the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, first as assistant director for defensive systems and subsequently as deputy director of defense, research and engineering (strategic and space systems). He returned to private industry in 1987, joining General Electric Company where he held the positions of vice president and general manager of the Space Division, vice president and group executive of the Aerospace Group, and senior vice president for corporate planning and Development. In 1982 he retired from GE to form a strategic management consulting firm, D. J. Fink Associates, Inc.