Frederick Charles Dyer

Navy Official, Author

Frederick Charles Dyer, 87, a former Navy Department leadership development specialist, author and consultant, died Sept. 14 of complications of Parkinson's disease while visiting his wife's family in Guatemala City. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. Dyer was born in St. Louis and graduated from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., in 1938. He received a master's degree in business administration from Dartmouth College in 1948.

After serving as a Navy officer on a supply ship in the Pacific during World War II, Mr. Dyer began a 20-year civilian career in the Navy Department. He started as a special assistant for the leadership staff, writing and editing training publications for the Bureau of Naval Personnel. He was later special assistant to the undersecretary of the Navy and then was assistant for special projects in the Office of Civilian Manpower Management.

His final position was director of program analysis with the Navy Publications and Printing Service. He retired in 1968. He received the Navy League Writing Award in 1959 and the Superior Civilian Service Award in 1961.

Mr. Dyer also worked as a consultant and wrote several books about business management, including "Putting Yourself Over in Business" (1957); "Executive's Guide to Handling People" (1958); "Executive's Guide to Effective Speaking and Writing" (1962); "Blueprint for Executive Success" (1964); "Bureaucracy vs. Creativity" (1965); "How to Make Decisions About People" (1966); and "The Enjoyment of Management" (1971).

He also was a lecturer at George Washington University and American University; an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia; and adviser to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a Georgetown University research center about the Catholic Church.

Mr. Dyer served in the Navy Reserve and retired at the rank of commander in 1969.

He was an avid tennis player and enjoyed reading and weekend outings. He was a member of Columbia Country Club, the Cosmos Club, the Army and Navy Club and the National Press Club.

He lived in Chevy Chase, in Somerset, for more than 50 years and was a member of the Somerset Town Council from 1962 to 1964. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lucrecia "Lucky" Herrera de Dyer of Chevy Chase; three children, John R. Dyer of Silver Spring, Michael G. Dyer of Topanga, Calif., and Lisa M. Fitzpatrick of Santiago, Chile; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.