published Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Local philanthropist Frederick Lupton dies

Local philanthropist and engineer Frederick Lupton II, 81, died Monday at Memorial Hospital.

Lupton, a Chattanooga native, designed lighting, heating and air conditioning systems for area landmarks such as Erlanger hospital and the Hunter Museum during his career. Additionally, he was named Engineer of the Year in 1990 by the Chattanooga Engineers’ Club and has received Honeywell’s Gold Nugget National Energy Conservation Award.

Lupton was also actively engaged in civic contributions in the region including serving as president of the Planned Giving Council and working with the Bachman Academy of McDonald, Tenn., for more than 60 years.

“Chattanooga is missing an individual with high ethical and moral characteristics who was devoted to improving the lives of the citizens of Hamilton County,” said John Germ, a former co-worker of Lupton’s and the current chairman of the board at engineering consulting firm Campbell and Associates, where Lupton worked before starting his own firm in 1979.

Lupton, who overcame childhood polio, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering. He also received a master’s of divinity degree from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Ga., and remained an ordained Presbyterian minister up to his death.

He is survived by his wife Jane, son, Frederick Lupton III, and daughter, the Rev. Laura Louise Lupton of Fayetteville, N.C.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Rivermont Presbyterian Church.

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