Jerry Dake, 80, a longtime employee in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, died Aug. 28 in Denton. Since 2001, he served in numerous positions, including executive lecturer and managing director of the Center for Quality and Productivity, executive director and director of the Center for Decision and Information Technologies, and senior lecturer for the Department of Information Technology and Decision Sciences. He previously served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and as an assistant professor for the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School from 1965 to 1967; as an assistant and associate professor of finance at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1967 to 1971; in numerous positions at Coca-Cola from 1971 to 1987, including vice president of materials management from 1983 to 1987; and as vice president of operations for ERLY Juice Inc. from 1987 to 1989. He studied civil engineering at Purdue University as an undergraduate and went on to earn a Ph.D. in finance. In Denton he enjoyed being a part of his wine group and racquetball club. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton.