In Memoriam : Frederic Asche, JR.

Frederic Asche, JR. Frederic Bermingham Asche, JR. - age: 82
(February 28, 1929 to October 06, 2011 )
Resident of Dallas - Houston, Texas

Visitation Information:
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Frederic B Asche Jr. to the:
Brain Health Center 2200 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75235 Attention: John Hart, Jr. MD

Frederic Bermingham Asche, Jr. passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 6, 2011 with his wife and family by his side.
Affectionately known as "Tex" by all those who loved him, he was a devoted husband, father, brother, and philanthropist whose presence in our lives will be deeply missed. He was born in Houston, Texas on February 28, 1929 to Mr. Frederic B. Asche of Houston, Texas and Mrs. Grace Vale Asche, formerly of Milford, Delaware. Tex was the eldest of three children that included two younger sisters - Vale Asche Russell and Bettyann Asche Murray (who preceded him in death), both of Houston, Texas. He graduated from Deerfield Academy in 1947 and from Amherst College in 1951. While at Deerfield, Tex earned All American status as a diver, ultimately becoming an alternate for the 1948 U.S. Olympic Diving team. At Amherst College, he joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, while furthering his reputation as an outstanding athlete by lettering in football, diving and track and field. He continued his education at Columbia, Cornell and Colorado Universities where he pursued advanced studies in petroleum engineering.
In 1951 he and three other Ivy-Leaguers - all singers at their respective colleges - formed the "Manhatters", a Barbershop Quartet that performed at numerous venues (most notably as a game opening act at Yankee Stadium) and produced a record album which lead to appearances on both radio and TV.
In the early 1960's, he worked for Ling-Temco-Vought in both Dallas and Hawaii as special assistant to the range systems division general manager. Later, Tex moved to Freeport, Grand Bahamas where he became chief of U.S. sales for Tamarind Developments LTD. While there, he helped found the Underworld Explorers Club - a scuba divers' association. He then relocated to Frankfurt, Germany where he focused on real estate investments in both Europe and the Bahamas, and became fluent in German (having already achieved fluency in French).
In the late 1960's, having ten years' experience racing his own Allard, Jaguar and Corvette, and as a member of the Sports Car Club of America (S.C.C.A.), he helped found the internationally-known Sebring 12-hour Grand Prix of Endurance, and later went on to form the Association of Motor Racing Officials of America which took responsibility for running the pits and officiating the races at Sebring.
From the late 1970's onward, he focused much of his professional energies on the Asche Family Interests based in Houston which included the Sea and Pines Corporation of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.
On September 26, 1997, Tex suffered a stroke which left him wheelchair bound. The family would like to acknowledge the following individuals for helping to make his remaining years as rich and full as those before: Edsel and Nelly Gonzales; Dan Jackson; Josh Hart; Almasa and Hamo Dedic; and Jutta Koster. Though unrelated by birth, each in time became family in every other sense of the word.
In 2004, Tex and his wife Sarah (Sallie) donated funds for the completion of a wing at the Center for Brain Health. Part of the University of Texas system, the Sallie and Frederic B. Asche Jr. Advanced Treatment Wing provides cutting-edge intervention for victims of stroke and other forms of brain injury.
Tex was a member of the Mar-a-Lago Club, the Palm Beach Yacht Club and Club Collette (all of Palm Beach), as well as the Safari and Crescent Clubs of Dallas.
A resident of both Palm Beach and Dallas, Tex is survived by his loving and devoted wife Sarah P. Asche; sister Vale Asche Russell of Houston, Texas; sons Frederic B. Asche III of Ojai, California, E. Craig and Vivian Asche of Leverett, Massachusetts and Franz M. and Cynthia Asche of Dallas, Texas; daughters Lisa Asche Mittnacht of Kiawah Island, South Carolina and Vale Asche-Elkins and Ed Elkins of Dallas, Texas; and ten grandchildren - Stewart Mittnacht III, William Asche, Sanderson Mittnacht, Alexander Asche, Tanner Elkins, Elizabeth Asche, Alexandra Elkins, David Asche, and twins Luke and Zachary Asche.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Frederic B Asche Jr. to the:
Brain Health Center 2200 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75235 Attention: John Hart, Jr. MD