Lt. Col. Fred W. Dollar (Ret.)
Memorial Funeral Chapel College Station
2901 Texas Ave South
College Station, TX
June 19, 1921 – September 5, 2010

Lt. Colonel Fred W. Dollar (U.S. Army, Retired) went to be with his Lord September 5, 2010, at the age of 89. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Funeral Services are set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 10, 2010 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Interment will follow in College Station Cemetery with full military honors.

Col. Dollar was born June 19, 1921 in Henderson, Texas to Floyd W. and Minnie L. Dollar. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University class of 1944, and attended the Subsistence Technology Course at the Food and Container Institute in Chicago, Cornell University Institutional Management School and Advanced Food Service Courses at Fort Lee Virginia. He was inducted into the Army in March of 1943 and had a distinguished career in the Quarter Master Corps. During World War II he participated in the Utah Beach landing expediting food and supplies from ships for General Patton's and Bradley's forces. He spent the rest of the war in Europe. During the Korean conflict he went 90 consecutive nights with only occasional naps in order to feed over 300,000 allied troops and prisoners of war. The food on hand was often limited to only two or three days supply.

His innovative nature became apparent in the military where he designed and patented several items. He improved food safety for our troops by implementing the shipment of fully cleaned poultry instead of un-cleaned "New York Dressed" refrigerated chickens a revelatory idea at the time. He also arranged for the Army to purchase layer packed chicken parts, which is now known as portion control chicken seen in grocery stores today.

Col. Dollar retired from the Army in 1965 with 22 years of service to become the Director of Food Service at Texas A&M, a job he held for 22 years. While Director of Food Services the University changed from family style feeding of 8,000 students to a modern campus dining operation feeding 65,000 meals per day. His expertise was recognized worldwide for changing the way students eat and how food is prepared and served. His many innovations were recognized by some of the food industry's top honors. He received the prestigious International Food Service Manufacturers Association (IFMA) Silver Plate Award in 1978 for College Food Service, Institutions Magazine Ivy Award voted on by food service operations throughout the nation, and the National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS) Ted Minah Award of Outstanding Service in 1977and NACUFS Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, Texas Restaurant Association Hall of Honor, Texas A&M University Distinguished Faculty Staff Award and many more honors. The Texas A&M Board of Regents honored his service by naming the Fred W. Dollar Food Service Center for him and made him Food Service Director Emeritus.

He was active in many professional organizations including the Texas Restaurant Association, National Restaurant Association, NACUFS, and was a founding member of the Society for Advancement in Food Service Research. He was President of the Texas Restaurant Association, President of the NACUFS Region VII, President of the Society for Advancement in Food Service Research, chairmen of the Legal and Legislation Committee for NACUFS and a sought after speaker for many organizations.
Fred Dollar was an innovator in the food service industry, introducing the first food court on a college campus opening before the advent of mall food courts. He designed three new serving systems that improved speed of service and selection. He was instrumental in the commercial development of pre-cooked bacon, use of impingement jet technology and revolutionizing methods for college food service. His motto of "Quality First" was seen in the Texas A&M food service operations and was recognized by his peers in the food service industry. He was a tireless worker.

He was a devoted Christian and was a Deacon in The Bryan Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Aggieland, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shriners, American Legion and many other organizations.

He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Dollar and a daughter, Annette Dollar, his parents and two sisters.

Col. Dollar is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Frances Crenshaw Dollar; his daughter, Lydia Arlene Junek and son-in-law, Ivo Junek; granddaughter, Suzanne Crawford and her husband, Jerod Crawford; and one great grandson Matthew Crawford.

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Dear Frances,

Such a privilege it has been to share so much time with one so committed to God and to Jesus Christ, family, his staff, country, and, yes, ever A&M!
We met in NACUFS over 35 years ago when Fred was head of the L&L (Legal and Legislation) Committee, where we were privileged to be welcomed by Fred and Emil Schmidt.
We shared rooms (at conferences) and ideas (mostly Fred’s) after Fred and Emil conspired with Frank Leathers to bring us to Huntsville at Emil’s retirement. We were at each end of Hwy. 30, where we “kept the road hot” with visits to and fro.
Fred was deeply admired throughout the country. We were introduced to Peter Grace, of the Grace Commission during the Reagan administration; Fred had ideas even for him!
Fred got us hooked on Hal Lindsey when he left one of his books with us upon one of his many visits. We compared notes every Saturday morning after watching his TV program.
We enjoyed the people and the cuisine at The Tower, Sbisa, Duncan, et al. I took notes, from which my own staff could learn. Fred, as always, an elegant host.
You and Fred will forever be an inspiration for us.

May the Peace of the Lord be always with you.
Keith & Diane Hazeltine
September 14, 2010
To the Dollar family: My condolences on the passing of Col. Dollar. He was a fine gentleman who touched the lives of many people in many walks of life. I can remember touring the A & M campus with Fred in the 1980s and was touched by his love for the foodservice industry and his care and concern for the campus community. I've talked with A & M directors since his retirement who told me how willing he always was to provide counsel to them. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Paul King
Editor, FoodService Director magazine
Paul King
September 13, 2010
September 13, 2010
Dear Dollar Family,

Carl and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. We know a great burden has been lifted and a true blessing given to us all knowing that Bro. Dollar is with our Lord now and no longer suffering. We will forever be greatful for all the support he and your family gave to us, and for the sweet advice and recommendations made to our family. Your family will forever remain special to our family.

We love you and will continue to lift you up in prayer.

Aloha! and God Bless,
The Spruill Family
Carl, Cynthia, Noah, and Keola Riley Spruill
September 12, 2010
Dear Frances and Family: Our prayers and thoughts will always be there for Col. Dollar.I so enjoyed working for him for almost 20 years. We had great times and great challenges opening new facilities on campus. Our love goes to you and your family.
Peggy and Wesley Gideon
September 12, 2010
I'll miss Great Uncle Fred. I didn't know him very well growing up but I always respected the man Greatly. I'll always remember him coming up to Seth - My youngest at Gee Gee's Funeral and shaking Seth's hand and telling him that his Sunday School Class had been praying for Seth and it was an honor to meet him. He was a gentleman and gave so unselfishly.
Melinda Gibbs Chambers
September 12, 2010
Having had the privilege of meeting Col. Dollar once at the home of his sister Bonnie Jean Hardy (Gee-Gee), I know he loved his family very much. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Warm Regards,
Kristi Gibbs
September 10, 2010
The Cooper family sends our love and prayers to all of you during this difficult time of loss. May God comfort you and strengthen you, and may your fond memories bring you joy. I will always fondly remember our families' Sunday lunches at the MSC!
Joy Cooper
September 10, 2010
Frances and Family,
Fred Dollar was one of the most influential people in both my personal and professional life. He always had time to help and assist his Collogues with any and every request. On several occasions Fred would travel and speak at seminars I conducted for students enrolled in Hotel Restaurant Management programs. These students came from Florida State University, Oklahoma State University, Johnson and Wales University, Sheffield Halam University in Sheffield, England and University of Nevada Las Vegas, just to name a few. Over the years many of these students have kept in touch with me and have mentioned what an honor and learning experience it was to meet and be instructed by Col Fred Dollar.
My family and I will cherish our fond memories and we will greatly miss our dear friend.
Gary Zaleski, F.M.P.
Lago Vista, Texas
Gary Zaleski
September 10, 2010
Dear Mrs. Dollar,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your kind husband and our good friend Col. Fred. He was a real gentleman that will be long remembered for his witty stories and ability to recall every detail. As a member of the once famous "WAZ" lunch bunch, he provided many provocative insights and some very interesting history lessons. Our lives have been enriched by his long time friendship.

With Hightest Regards,
Ed & Bea Uvacek
Ed & Bea Uvacaek
September 9, 2010
Our Condolences to Colonel Dollars family..My dad the late Mr. Leo Grimaldo worked for Mr. Dollar at Texas A&M University..Col. Fred Dollar was a great man and he will be missed. You and your family are in our prayers. Dorothy and Lauro Garza (San Antonio, Texas)
September 9, 2010
Thanks for great leadership Colonel Dollar. I was privileged to be a Head Waiter for several semesters at the Sebisa and Athletic sections during the Gene Stallings Era. I will always remember the great unselfish dedication you had for not only the Student-athletes but also the general dormitory population. God Bless your family now..B Besnette class of '72
September 9, 2010
My late husband, Dennis worked for Col. Dollar for 10 of his 12 years with A & M. Dennis had the greatest respect for Col. Dollar and considered him a mentor and friend. The food service industry, his friends and co workers are truly better for having known him.
Mary Kaye Moore
September 9, 2010
Condolences to the family of Col. Fred W. Dollar.
I will forever miss Col. Dollars phone calls at Christmas each year wishing my family and I a Merry Christmas. I lost my husband of 63 years of marriage February 5,2010. I'm keeping Mrs. Dollar in my thoughts and prays during this difficult time. Lucille Gilpin
Lucille Gilpin
September 9, 2010
Frances, It has been along time since we worked together at ANCO. I have thought of you often over the years. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Marcha cox
September 9, 2010
Glad that I knew you and thanks for letting me work for you and being my mom friend. R.I.P.
Mrs. Robbie Frazier
September 9, 2010
Fred and Frances have been wonderful neighbors to us for the past 20 years, and we are certainly going to miss him. He was always so nice and friendly; it was fun to see him on his walks aroud the area. We send our love and sympathy to Frances and the family. Jack, Joy, and Jane McKenzie
September 8, 2010
Deepest sympathy from his Food Service friends from the University of Georgia Food Services. Col Dollar was a leader in our industry that we all respected and admired.
J. Michael Floyd
September 8, 2010
My prayers go out to Col. Dollar's family. I had the pleasure of working as Col. Dollar's secretary in the mid-1980's and thoroughly enjoyed working with him. He was a font of information and while very businesslike, was the most likable boss I ever had. Food on campus was spectacular and he gave back to the students with special Candlelight dinners once a month.

Anita Berka
September 8, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Roland Wilson
September 8, 2010
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Beverly Barton Rivers
September 8, 2010
Brother Fred lived his life as an example to others. He has "fought a great fight and finished his race" and we can rest assured that he is with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. I will miss seeing him around town but I know I will see him again one day in heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Marilu McDonald
September 8, 2010
My prayers are with you during this time. Fred was such a good man. I always enjoyed running into him at the grocery store and having a little visit.
Marian (Lampo) Hendrick
marian hendrick
September 8, 2010
Dear Dollar Family,
Marcus advised us of the passing of Bro. Dollar and our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the family. He was truly a great and accomplished man, but most importantly, a Christian. Therefore, we can say he "has finished the course" and we can look forward to seeing him again in Heaven.
Jim and Donna Brewer
September 7, 2010
Col. Dollar was the director of food services when I had my wedding reception at A&M. I have never forgotten his professionism, creativity, and imagination. He was such an asset to the university!
Nicole McKinley
September 7, 2010
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