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Fladger Freeman Tannery

Former Executive, Financial Consultant, Business Educator

Fladger F. Tannery, a former Dallas executive, financial consultant, and business educator, passed away on February 19, 1993. He was 87.

In 1933, Mr. Tannery joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as an associate professor of accounting after attending Southern Methodist University for several semesters. During his eleven years of teaching at UT, he completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees. Mr. Tannery also served as first assistant to the state auditor of Texas and as a consultant to the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers during leaves of absence from UT.

Mr. Tannery left his teaching position at UT to join the Army Air Force and direct its contract audit division during World War II. After leaving the military, he worked in the oil industry in Houston for several years. Mr. Tannery moved to Dallas in 1951 to become general partner at Arthur Young and Co., an international accounting firm.

In 1957, Mr. Tannery joined The Frito Co. Following the company’s merger with H. W. Lay and Co., he became president in 1962. After Frito-Lay merged with Pepsico Inc. in 1965, Mr. Tannery served as chairman of the board of Pepsico International until he retired in 1970.

Mr. Tannery remained active within the business community. He served on the board of five Texas corporations, was a financial business consultant, served as president of the Texas Society of CPAs, and was chairman of the American Institute of CPAs. Additionally, he served on the Children’s Medical Center board of directors for many years and was president and chairman of the board of the Cotton Bowl Council. In 1987, Mr. Tannery retired to his ranch in Little Elm, Texas.

UT’s College of Business named Mr. Tannery a distinguished alumnus in 1988. The Fladger F. Tannery Distinguished Chair in Business was named in his honor.

Fladger F. Tannery is survived by his former wife Mary L. Tannery, daughter Mary Fladger Goolsby, and three granddaughters.

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