His dedication went so far as to bark out orders for a Defense Science Board summer study while being loaded into an ambulance after being injured in a fall.
In addition to his long and dedicated service to government, industry, and academe, Dan took on many other responsibilities that supported the national defense and space programs and policies. He served on the board of directors of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Board of Governors of the National Space Club, and the National Advisory Council of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America. He served on the United Technologies Technical Advisory Committee from 1987 to 1997 and as director of Orbital Science for 25 years, from 1983 to 2008. During this period he was the first lead independent director, and for over 20 years he was the first chairman for the Market and Technology Committee of the board. Dan also served on the Board of the Titan Corporation from 1984 until 2005. He was a member of the MIT Corporate Visiting Committees for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and for the Sloan School of Management. He was also chairman of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Departmental Advisory Board (mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering and mechanics).
While small in stature, Dan Fink was a giant in his lifetime of service to his country. He will be sorely missed by his many friends, colleagues, and family. He is survived by Tobie, his wife of 61 years; three children—his son Kenneth (and wife Paula) and his daughters Betsy (and her husband Jeffrey Lupetin) and Karen Lawrence Perlmutter; and six grandchildren—Stephen and Jeff, Zachary and Lila, and Rachel and Joselyn. In accordance with his wishes, his ashes will be launched into space orbit.