A. Draper, known as Tad to his friends, suffered a heart attack, resulting in
his sudden passing, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of
God on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010.
Tad was born on April 19, 1946
in Washington DC and following graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1968 spent
22 years and 5 months on active duty with worldwide assignments before retiring
in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After his Air Force career, Tad and his family
settled near Omaha, Nebraska.
Tad was a good friend and trusted mentor.
He lived a life of character and honor, daily living out the values of the Air
Force and USAFA. Tad had great love and admiration for the Academy and was very
active in the USAFA community. He worked with Academy liaison officers helping
to recruit the best candidates for USAFA, founded the Heartland-LeMay Chapter
of the USAFA Association of Graduates near his home in Papillion, Nebraska, and
sponsored socials that included cadets during summer programs. Tad also established
the Heartland-LeMay Leader of Character award, presented to local high students
who best exemplify the values of the US Air Force Academy. He worked tirelessly
in furthering the ideals of USAFA in the Omaha community.
for Northrop Grumman as a software developer team lead for the SSC Omaha Space
Intelligence Applications branch. He will be sorely missed by his friends and
colleagues who admired his character and exemplary work ethic.
survivors include his wife, Becky; daughter, Belise; son, Jim; and son, Rob. One
of Tad's favorite activities was skiing. He started skiing as a cadet and never
lost his love for the slopes of Colorado. Skiing became a favorite activity for
Tad's family. Tad also enjoyed golf and was particularly fond of the time he was
able to spend with his sons on the golf course.
Funeral services for
Tad were held on October 3, 2010 at Kahler-Dolce Mortuary in Papillion. His ashes
were interred at USAFA on March 14, 2011--a fitting resting place for a man who
care deeply about his alma mater and its people.
Condolences may be sent
to his family in care of his wife, Becky: Mrs Rebecca A Draper; 1003 Shady Tree
Ln; Papillion NE 68046-6193.
Memorials to the Nebraska Humane Society;
8929 Fort St; Omaha, NE 68134 (402) 444-7800, www.nehumanesociety.org.