In Memoriam


Dr. J. Davidson Frame

Our global community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. J. Davidson Frame.

Dear PMI Board, Fellows and Teams,

I am saddened to share that we learned today of the recent passing of Dr. J. Davidson Frame, a beloved PMI Fellow, past Board director, mentor, and volunteer. He passed away on 19 November 2023.

David was a member of PMI’s community since the 1990s, serving on PMI’s Board of Directors as an appointed director of certification, director of educational services, and director-at-large. He was awarded PMI’s Outstanding Person of the Year Award, Distinguished Service Award, and PMI Fellow Award.

David spent much of his professional career educating others and supporting life-long learning in the field of project management. He was an active thought leader in project management, the decision sciences, and technology management, having written eight management books and more than 25 scholarly articles.

David served as academic dean and chief academic officer at the University of Management and Technology in Virginia, USA. He also served on the faculty of George Washington University, where he established a project management degree program.

I have sent my condolences to his loved ones, including his wife YanPing (also a PMI Fellow and volunteer), and know that his contributions to the profession and PMI will continue to impact project professionals for years to come.

We will honor David with attendance at his memorial service, acknowledge his contributions on the In Memoriam webpage on, and will send flowers on behalf of PMI. In addition, the PMI Educational Foundation (PMI EF) will appropriately administer a scholarship in David’s name.

David made a powerful impact and lasting legacy on the project management profession and community, and he will surely be missed.

With deepest sympathies,

Pierre Le Manh
President & CEO
Project Management Institute