Frederick Culpepper Jr.

Frederick Culpepper Jr.
Portsmouth - Fred W. Culpepper Jr., Professor Emeritus of Old Dominion University died on December 18, 2012. A native of Portsmouth, he dedicated his life to the teaching of Industrial Arts (later Technology Education). His education was obtained at VPI (BS) and the State University of New York at Oswego (MS) with additional work at William and Mary. He began teaching at Suffolk High School, and then continued at Matthew Whaley School and James Blair Schools in Williamsburg. Following this, he accepted a position on the faculty of Southern Illinois University. In 1962, he accepted a position on the faculty of then Old Dominion College as Associate professor and Chairman of the Department of Industrial Arts Education. He retired from Old Dominion University at the rank of Eminent Professor of Technology Education in 1992. After his retirement, he continued to be active in education by performing volunteer service to local school divisions.
Mr. Culpepper's expertise was in the field of electronics. He taught many courses in this field and authored many professional Journal articles. He also served as Instructor at many teacher workshops in diverse locations. Perhaps his greatest achievement was the co-authorship of 34 textbooks, lab manuals, and sets of visual aids for Secondary School Classes in Electronics. He also designed 5 sets of laboratory equipment for student use when using the lab manuals. He was recognized by many educational organizations for his contributions.
Mr. Culpepper maintained his home in Portsmouth and was a 50 year member of Tidal Wave AF & AM Lodge, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club, and lifetime member of Monumental Methodist Church. While he has no immediate descendants, he leaves behind many cousins, close friends, and former students, many of whom are now teachers themselves.
Mr. Culpepper served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11am on Friday at Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery. Viewing and Visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8pm at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com.


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 19, 2012