Educator, devoted volunteer, friend, husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, Fred E. Drummond, Jr., the son of the late Fannie and Fred E. Drummond, Sr., was born in Pleasantville, NJ on September 20, 1922.
He departed this life on March 13, 2017 at Ashby Ponds in Ashburn, Virginia.
Fred, a retired teacher and school administrator, earned a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Paul’s Polytechnic Institute in Lawrenceville, VA and a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He completed further study at Hampton Institute, Virginia State University, and the George Washington University, to name a few.
After serving two years in the 477th Bombardment Group of the famed “Tuskegee Airmen,” Fred set out on the path that would prove his life’s calling – educating and mentoring young people.
He spent five years teaching in Paducah, Kentucky before joining the Loudoun County Public School System in 1953 serving both as principal and 7th grade teacher, simultaneously, at Banneker Elementary School in Middleburg, VA. Fred left Banneker to become the first principal at Frederick Douglas Elementary School in Leesburg in 1958. After ten years at Douglas, Fred served shorter stints at Broad Run High School and Leesburg Elementary before settling in and finishing his career with an eighteen-year run as the principal at Catoctin Elementary. For 36 years, from 1953 to 1989, Fred served as an assistant principal and principal in Loudoun County Public Schools, a service record still unbroken.
He was a member of the Loudoun County Retired Teachers Association and member of the Grace Annex Methodist Church in Purcellville where he served as Sunday School Teacher, Treasurer and Lay Speaker. Fred was also a frequent speaker at civic and educational programs and volunteered with the American Cancer Society and Income Tax Program for the elderly, to name a few. Fred was a recipient of a 2012 Loudoun Laurels Lifetime Service Award for his selfless service to Loudoun County, its schools, and its students for nearly 40 years. Today, the library at Catocin Elementary School is named in his honor, as well as, the drive upon which the new Frederick Douglass Elementary School sits in downtown Leesburg.
Fred was married to the love of his life, Peggy Sands of Purcellville, for over 71 years. From this union one son was born, Jerome, who is now a federal judge in DC. Peggy, as well as, his sisters, Theresa D. Sadler, Jessie D. Holmes, and Sarah D. Ingram; his brother Willis R. Drummond; and his niece Chenita V. Holmes, predeceased him. Fred is survived by his loving son, Jerome; daughter-in-law, Kiwami, an artist; two grandsons Makani, an attorney, and Kahili an elementary school teacher with dual graduate degrees in education; and host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Loudoun Funeral Chapel,158 Catoctin Circle, SE, Leesburg, VA.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 10:30 am at First Mt Olive Baptist Church, 216 Loudoun St, SW, Leesburg, VA. An interment will follow at the Mount Olive Cemetery, Lincoln, VA. There will be a repast following the interment at First Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Loudoun Education Foundation, Inc., 21000 Education Court Ashburn, VA 20148 or Grace Annex United Methodist Church, 441 S 12th St., Purcellville, VA 20132.
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