Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA


Fred Ross Shank II

October 11, 1940January 24, 2015

Fred Ross Shank, II, born October 11, 1940 in Harrisonburg, VA, passed away on January 24, 2015 in Reston, VA. A graduate of Turner Ashby High School and the University of Kentucky, he received his PhD in Nutrition from the University of Maryland in 1969.

After serving in the United States Air Force, he joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture before embarking on a distinguished 22-year career with the Food and Drug Administration. As Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition he led the development of policies and programs focused on consumer protection, including the implementation of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, the most comprehensive food labeling legislation in U.S. History. Upon retiring from public service, he served as Vice President at the Institute of Food Technologists, promoting food science and developing solutions for the global food infrastructure.

Concurrently, Fred was Owner and President of Shank Wholesalers, Inc, and Coldstream Farms of Harrisonburg and Mt. Crawford, VA., respectively.

In retirement he was an avid fan of the Washington Nationals and Redskins, as well as his beloved Maryland Terrapins.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Shank, two children and their spouses, Virginia and Edward Conner, and Fred Ross Shank, III and Christopher Fisher. He was grandfather to Alison and Lauren Conner, and Aidan Fisher-Shank.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 29, 1:00 pm at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Dr. Fred Ross Shank Memorial Endowment, which provides an annual scholarship for graduate students of University of Maryland's Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Checks should be payable to "University of Maryland College Park Foundation" with the memo line stating "Dr. Fred Ross Shank Memorial Endowment" and sent to Leslie Joyce, AGNR - Development Officer, University of Maryland, 1124 Symons Hall, College Park, MD 20742.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.


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Jennifer Bhide

February 5, 2015

I'm truly sorry for your loss and pray for peace and comfort for your entire family. Fred was my boss at IFT in the DC office for my first "real" job. I learned so much from him and truly value all that he contributed to the world of food technology. He will be missed.

Frank Busta

February 3, 2015

My condolences to the entire family. My special relationship with Fred developed as the IFT Washington office evolved and the FDA contracts were initiated. Fred contributed in an extraordinary way to food safety in the world and I felt it was an honor to work with him on the contracts as well as socialize on other issues. I enjoyed all my interactions with him and missed him when he left IFT. I still think of him frequently, recall fond memories and will continue to miss him.

February 2, 2015

My condolences to Peggy and family. Fred was a visionary and his wonderful legacy will live with CFSAN and NCFST for decades to come. It was my pleasure to work for him and know him. I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great man and friend.

Brenda Ward Bradshaw

January 31, 2015

Condolence for the loss may you find comfort in knowing that God is with you at your time of sorrow.

Joe Madden

January 30, 2015

It is with sadness that I learned of Dr. Shanks passing. I had the privilege of working with him in four different capacities at FDA. He was a great individual and contributed much to the safety of food in the U.S. He will be missed.

Jennifer McEntire

January 29, 2015

My deepest condolences. Fred was my first boss, at IFT, and had a profound impact on me personally and professionally. He made long lasting contributions to the field and will be missed.

Tom and Gail Frye

January 29, 2015

Ross was a kind and generous man. His life had a purpose and direction, touching many of us in a variety of ways. May each of you he leaves behind be blessed with strength and comfort through this difficult journey.

January 29, 2015

To the Shank family, so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed working with Fred while he was at FDA and IFT. His leadership made many positive contributions to advancing food safety in the U.S.
Fred was a special person and I will miss him.
Gale Prince (Cincinnati, OH)

Sherwood Hall

January 29, 2015

Dr. Shank had a passionate commitment to food safety and to CFSAN. His energy and dedication were an inspiration. I am grateful to have known him, and offer my profound sympathy for your loss.

Brenda Mitchell

January 28, 2015

Condolence for your loss may you find comfort in knowing that God is with you at your time of sorrow.