Dr. W. Dale Compton (NAE ’81) and his late wife Jeanne were longtime supporters and friends of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Elected for “exceptional leadership in developing advanced automotive technologies, individual achievements in engineering physics, and innovative contributions in promoting university-industry relations,” Dale was a strong advocate of issues related to industry and engineering education. He worked to advance the NAE’s Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) program and was instrumental in getting it off the ground.
Before their deaths, Dale and Jeanne were both very active within the NAE, including greeting new members during orientation and induction at Annual Meetings. Dale also served on the NAE Council and as Home Secretary from 2000-2008. As members of the Einstein and Heritage Societies, they are an exemplary model to current and future members through their generous contributions to the NAE.
We were deeply saddened to hear of Dale’s passing on February 7, 2017. Dale and Jeanne’s generosity will leave a lasting impact though, as they named the NAE a beneficiary in their IRA retirement plan. Their unrestricted bequest provides the most flexibility and helps secure the financial future of the NAE while honoring Dale and Jeanne’s years of dedicated service and contributions to the NAE. They will both be greatly missed.