Company founder dies

Donald Fitzpatrick, president and chief executive officer of High Performance Technologies Inc., was killed March 1 when the plane he was in crashed as it was apparently preparing to land at a Leesburg, Va., airport. Also killed were the company's

counsel, Ford Byrd, and pilot Greg Jackson.

Investigators said the plane was returning to Leesburg from Florida when it crashed in foggy weather.

"Over time, the pain will lessen, but our memories of these three men will never dim," said a message posted on the company's Web site. "Those memories will only increase our determination to make HPTI the envy of all in the technology industry. Don would want that."

The Reston, Va., government IT contractor reported annual revenue of about $34 million, a spokesman said.

Fitzpatrick, 58, started the Northern Virginia company after working as a group vice president for information technology at PRC and as a partner with Ernst and Young, according to a company biography. *

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