Frederick W. Smith Organization leader

Frederick Wallace Smith (born August 11, 1944), or Fred Smith, is the founder, chairman, president, and CEO of FedEx, originally known as Federal Express, the first overnight express delivery company in the world, and the largest in the United States. The company is headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. Smith was born in Marks, Mississippi, the son of James Frederick Smith — who (before age 20) dropped his first name, expressing a preference to be known as Fred or Frederick — the founder of the Toddle House restaurant chain and the Smith Motor Coach Company (renamed the Dixie Greyhound Lines after The Greyhound Corporation bought a controlling interest in 1931). Fred Smith, the father, died while Smith the son was only 4, and the boy was raised by his mother and uncles. Smith had a great interest in flying, and became an amateur pilot as a teen. He attended elementary school at Presbyterian Day School and high school at Memphis University School. In 1962, Smith entered Yale University. While attending Yale, he wrote a paper for an economics class, outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 11th, 1944
United States of America
Places lived
Memphis , Tennessee
pop. 653,450 (2013)




1. Memphis University School School

Memphis University School (MUS) is an all-male private school for grades 7–12, located in Memphis, Tennessee.

6191 Park Avenue, 38119 - Memphis, Tennessee
Official web page
Wikipedia article

People attended Memphis University School connected by profession and/or age

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2. Yale University Colleges/University

1962 - 1966 Bachelor's degree / Economics

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Institution info

Type Private university
2013. 20.8 bil. $
2012. 19.3 bil. $
Institution colors
246 Church Street, 06520 - New Haven, Connecticut
2012. 5,379
2010. 5,310
2009. 5,270
2012. 6,501
2011. 6,318
2010. 6,391
Acceptance rate
2014. 6.26 %
2012. 7.1 %
2012. 6.8 %
2010. 8.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 44 K $
2012. 42.3 K $
2011. 40.5 K $
2010. 38.3 K $
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Wikipedia article
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Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Yale University connected by profession and/or age

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Organizations founded

1. FedEx Express


Date funded


Official web page

Lidership history

- Chief Executive Officer


942 South Shady Grove Road, 38120 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wikiedia article

FedEx Express, formerly Federal Express, is a cargo airline based in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. It is the world's largest airline in terms of freight tons flown and the world's fourth largest in terms of fleet size. It is a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, delivering packages and freight to more than 375 destinations in nearly every country each day. FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation company. Its headquarters are in Memphis with its global "SuperHub" located at Memphis International Airport. In the United States, FedEx Express has a national hub at Indianapolis International Airport. Regional hubs are located at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Oakland International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, Fort Worth Alliance Airport and Miami International Airport. International regional hubs are located at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Cologne Bonn Airport.

2. Toddle House

Defunct Organization

Wikiedia article

Toddle House was a national quick service restaurant chain in the United States, which specialized in breakfast, but was open 24/7. Much of their business was takeout.

3. FedEx

Air Courier Services

Date funded

June 18th, 1971

Official web page

Lidership history

1977- Chief Executive Officer
T. Michael Glenn
- Chief Executive Officer

Social media


942 SOUTH SHADY GROVE ROAD, 38120 - Memphis, Tennessee

Wikiedia article

FedEx Corporation is an American global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. The name "FedEx" is a syllabic abbreviation of the name of the company's original air division, Federal Express, which was used from 1973 until 2000.

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
US Marines Captain

Military conflicts participated

Vietnam War


November 1st, 1955


April 30th, 1975

Wikipedia article

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and also known in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a Cold War-era proxy war that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam—supported by the Soviet Union, China and other communist allies—and the government of South Vietnam—supported by the United States and other anti-communist allies. The Viet Cong, a South Vietnamese communist common front aided by the North, fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The People's Army of Vietnam engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units to battle. As the war wore on, the part of the Viet Cong in the fighting decreased as the role of the NVA grew. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery, and airstrikes.


South Vietnam
United States of America
South Vietnam
United States of America
United States of America

Movie performances

1. Cast Away (2000)

Adventure, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
19 Show list 12 Show list $90M

Cast Away is a 2000 American adventure drama film directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks as a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. The film depicts his attempts to survive on the island using remnants of his plane's cargo. The film was a critical and commercial success, and Hanks was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 73rd Academy Awards for his performance.


2002 People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor
2002 People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a Dramatic Motion Picture
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama
2001 Golden Trailer Award for Best Drama
2001 Bogey Award in Gold
2001 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
2001 ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for Top Box Office Films
2000 BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Inanimate Object
2000 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama
2000 New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
2000 Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2000 Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor

Top cast

Chuck Noland
Maynard Graham
Pilot Peter
Elden Madden
Kelly Frears
Becca Twig
Steve Larson
Wendy Larson
Jerry Lovett
Morgan Stockton
Kelly's Mother
Dennis Larson
Dick Peterson
Pilot Gwen
Pilot Jack
Bettina Peterson
Pilot Al
Joe Wally
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Russian, English
United States of America


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