Milton Frederick Droege Jr.
1935 - 2020
Milton Frederick (Fred) Droege, Jr.

Fred Droege was born in Chicago on February 28, 1935, and died on December 30, 2020, at the age of 85 due to complications of Covid-19.

In his early years, Fred played the viola, won both state debate and ping pong championships, and spent a summer studying in Mexico City. Throughout his life, he enjoyed travel, art and music, and captivated others with stories of his wide-ranging travels and experiences. Fred was admired for his ability to make people laugh while conveying weighty messages, and left an impression that lasted long after the initial interaction. Many people witnessed his caring nature in his love for his family, his faith, and his dedication to helping people and organizations become the best they could be.

Military service with the 330th U.S. Army Security Agency took him to Korea in 1957. After returning he completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Purdue University, where he became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He worked for IBM in Indiana and as a stockbroker in New York and Illinois. After moving to Tulsa, he earned a doctorate at The University of Tulsa and then directed TU's Management Development Center and served as an associate professor. He went on to work for The Williams Companies, serving as their first Vice President of Organization Development. As founder and president of Droege & Associates, a management consulting firm, he worked with more than 95 businesses and organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Fred shared his expertise in organizational development as a board member and advisor for many Tulsa organizations including First Presbyterian Church (where he served as an elder), Leadership Tulsa, Holland Hall School, Tulsa Junior League, Tulsa Community Service Council, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council, Tulsa Urban League and Clarehouse.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Donna Brandt Droege; daughters, Kristin Droege (David Crump) and Leslie Droege; children by marriage, Rebecca Brandt Wiseman (Alexander Wiseman) and James Brandt III; grandchildren, Nathan Elkind, Lindsay Wiseman, Logan Wiseman, Caitlyn Brandt, and O'Livia Brandt. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Droege.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Carment, nurses, and caregivers of Zarrow Pointe; Dr. Tran and nurses of St. John ER; and Dr. Madden and nurses of St. John ICU.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to support Parkinson's Disease research, the American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice.
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Published by Tulsa World on Jan. 10, 2021.
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To the family, I offer my condolences. It was an honor and joy to serve with Fred and Donna in our volunteer program at Clarehouse. Fred was indeed a servant leader.
Cindy Ritter
January 13, 2021
I remember so vividly the great power Fred had at the Clarehouse Board meetings. He used his power so subtly and with such clarity and grace that we understood immediately which path we should take. And he was FUN, too! A joy to be around, a source of energy and wisdom.
Robin Flint Ballenger
January 12, 2021
I met Fred 40 years when we both worked for The Williams Companies. He was incredibly intelligent, quick witted, and a character. His explosive laugh always caused others to laugh. I drove, several miles, white knuckled, to attend an evening seminar he was teaching with Dr. Gary Richetto. The roads were a solid sheet of ice, but I didn't want to miss the session. As I pulled into the lot, I saw a sign stating all classes had been cancelled. That's when I should have invented the cell phone. I respected and adored Fred, and will remember him fondly for the rest of my life.
Sandy Brownlee
January 11, 2021
Donna, I was sad to read about your loss. It seems like such a short time ago that I knew and spent time with you and Jim. You were a great couple and I'm sure the same was true of you and Fred. I knew and worked with Fred at Williams - and he was always friendly and easy in the way he dealt with others. I remember you well and so favorably, Donna. I wish the best for you in these difficult times. Let me know if I can help in any way. Morey [email protected]
Morey Villareal
January 11, 2021
Prayers and condolences to you and family and friends,Mr Fred was a trooper and I am praying for you all,strength to all Donna you are a gem,blessings evermore,Prayers,we will always remember Fred.
Tina Dunn
January 11, 2021
Simply and profoundly, a great man. More than that, a good man. My prayers and heart go out to Donna and his family.
Ashley Weber
January 10, 2021
My sincere condolences for the loss of your father, husband and grandfather.
Sheila Stillings Brown
January 10, 2021
Fred was my mentor and friend. I met him when he first came to Tulsa and I had the privilege of learning so much not only about the business industry, but about life as well. He was brilliant, funny, kind, fascinating to listen to and a cherished friend for many years. Thank you Fred for being a part of my life and my husband Jamie´s life too.
Jackie Beebe
January 10, 2021
May he rest in peace.
Rose Mary Wood
January 10, 2021
Fred will never be forgotten. A brilliant storyteller and a kind and generous man. I worked with him at Williams and I went through LT when he was involved as a teacher. I learned a lot from this man, and I'm sad to hear of his passing.
John Thomas
January 10, 2021