Daniel J. Fink, 85, an aeronautics and aerospace consultant who from 1983 to 1988 was chairman of the NASA Advisory Council, died June 1 at a hospice in Carlsbad, Calif.
He died of respiratory distress related to the effects of polio suffered as a child, said his wife, Tobie Fink.
From 1982 to 2005, Mr. Fink operated D.J. Fink Associates consulting in Potomac. He moved from Potomac to California in 2005 and continued to operate the business there.
As a consultant, he had served on several boards of directors and committees. These included the Orbital Sciences Corp., the Defense Intelligence Agency Scientific Advisory Board, the Army Scientific Advisory Panel and the Defense Science Board.
He was a former president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Daniel Julien Fink was born in Union City, N.J. In 1948, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also received a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1949.