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J Madison Drake

May 27, 1949 - February 3, 2014
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. J Madison Drake aka Ducky, aka JM, aka James passed unexpectedly on Feb 3rd, 2014 at 4:15pm. Please help Marlane, his wife, memorialize and celebrate his life. Friends and associates are invited to attend a Catered Visitation at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:45pm and on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9am to 11am and to attend the Catholic Funeral Mass in the funeral home chapel at 11am. Bus transportation will be provided at 12:30 pm to St Joseph Abbey Cemetery in Covington for interment and viewing beautiful grounds/ cathedral. Plans for fellowship, food and 2nd Line. ....
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J Madison Drake aka Ducky, aka JM, aka James passed unexpectedly on Feb 3rd, 2014 at 4:15pm. Please help Marlane, his wife, memorialize and celebrate his life.
Friends and associates are invited to attend a Catered Visitation at Schoen Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St., New Orleans on Friday, February 7, 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:45pm and on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9am to 11am and to attend the Catholic Funeral Mass in the funeral home chapel at 11am. Bus transportation will be provided at 12:30 pm to St Joseph Abbey Cemetery in Covington for interment and viewing beautiful grounds/ cathedral. Plans for fellowship, food and 2nd Line. . Upon return to New Orleans, the Treme Brass Band will meet the bus and 2nd Line to Redemption Restaurant, 3835 Iberville St. (directly behind Schoen 's) for a buffet supper
A Professional Engineer with the Dept of Entergy, a Systems engineer in the Systems/Analysis Division in support of operations and maintenance of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He was an active mentor encouraging and developing less experienced engineers, students and technical staff. Original and continuing member of the nominating committee of the Levee Board. Twenty-seven years of experience as an engineer; nine years of management and program administration; expert in project management in the public sector and continuous improvement and program administration with a reputation for efficiency and interpersonal skills. He received excellent ratings for performance from management in all jobs held.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1971, and a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, 1977. He chartered, instructed and facilitated continuous improvement teams that analyzed and improved major processes related to the mission and key business drivers of the SPR and lead the team that wrote the first SPR Project Management Office Application for the Energy Quality Award based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria in April 1996.
An Aerospace Engineer from 1982-1992 overseeing the construction of the External Tank for the Space Shuttle (Tanks ET 2-71), for the Department of Defense, Defense Contract Administration Service (DCAS), NASA Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, LA.
Manned Space Flight Awareness Award, a national award, 1986.
One of the Top Ten Federal Employees, a national award, 1987.
Fellow Member of the NSPE, awarded to the top one per cent who have served locally, state-wide and nationally, April 2010.
Member VA Tech Corps of Cadets, Marching Band, winner of several national awards.
Commissioned Lieutenant U.S. Army June 1971; left as Captain.
Louisiana Engineering Society - Member, Past State President
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics - Senior Member
American Society for Quality - Member, Certified Quality Engineer
Institute of Industrial Engineers - Senior Member
Knights of Columbus, Bienville General Council 314, 4th Degree.
American Society of Safety Engineers - Member, Certified Safety Professional
National Society of Professional Engineers – Fellow Member
Project Management Institute – Member.
Man of Manresa in August for 30 years. An Avid tennis player since high school. A Lector at Tulane University Catholic Center. Former Alto in choir.
A friendly person, he will be remembered for his smile. He is survived by his wife, Marlane; two brothers, Ricky of Indiana & David of Virginia; one sister, Diane of New Jersey; and their families.
Donations to St. Joseph Abbey and College, 75376 River Road, St. Benedict, LA 70457, preferred.
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"Having worked with JM prior to 2000, I remember his conscientiousness in his approach to his work and a project. Such an occurrence as this, just as he..." Henry Gaffney

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