b. Vienna, Aug. 12, 1878, d. Vienna, Oct. 27, 1945, legal expert. Studied law in Vienna; 1902 entry into the highest administrative authority of Lower Austria (Statthalterei). In 1907 was called to the Chamber of Commerce, where he headed the department of commercial policy. He participated substantially in bringing about the first trade agreements established by the Republic of Austria and in re-establishing the Austrian customs tariff after World War I. F. became senior administrative officer (Regierungsrat) in 1922, and was appointed "Hofrat" (honorary title awarded to officials for outstanding achievements) in 1932. From 1932-1938 head (Kammeramtsdirektor) of one of the highest departments of the Chamber of Commerce. Was forced to retire by the National Socialists. After the end of the war he returned to the Chamber of Commerce, where he re-established the department of commercial policy. Worked at the Chamber of Commerce until his death.