Dan J. Fager, 86, a longtime Tampa Bay, FL, area news photographer and NPPA life member, died December 22, 2004 in Tampa, FL. He joined the NPPA in 1955 when he was the assistant chief photographer for The Tampa Daily Times, and over the years he was an active NPPA member and a leader in Region 6. At different times Fager served in Region 6 as a director, an associate director, and as the region's secretary and treasurer. For more than four decades his photographs appeared in The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Daily Times. He retired from the Tribune in 1984.
In 1959 Fager received NPPA’s Samuel Mellor Award, which is given to the regional associate director judged most outstanding in the performance of their duties, and in 1962 he was given the NPPA President's Award. He was also the recipient of the Burt Williams Award, which honors those with more than 40 years of service to the profession of photojournalism.
The Tampa Tribune reports that Fager came to Florida from his native Cincinnati, OH, in 1932 and worked for the Tribune from 1938 to 1950. During World War II he was an Army Air Forces photographer. The newspaper said Fager was a commercial photographer for four years until he joined The Tampa Daily Times in 1954, becoming the chief photographer in 1956.
Fager is survived by two children, Jimmie and Robin. Services are planned for Thursday, December 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Palma Ceia Christian Church, 3516 Bay to Bay Boulevard, Tampa, FL.