We are deeply saddened to learn today that Fritz died of cancer on Thursday, October 7, 2021, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He is survived by his wife, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a large cadre of colleagues, former students, and life-time friends.
Fritz will be remembered as an educator and mentor, as well as civic and administrative leader, most notably as the founding Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans, where he spent most of his career. He was a fixture at UAA conferences, having attended annual meetings since 1977. Throughout his engagement in UAA, he was a service leader, organizing sessions and roundtables, mentoring junior colleagues, and contributing to countless committees. He was twice elected to the UAA Governing Board, serving from 1989 to 1995. He holds a unique place in UAA history as one of only three UAA members to serve on two different local host committees (1994-New Orleans; 2009-Seattle) in our 50-year conference history. In 2013, Fritz was inducted into the UAA Distinguished Service Honor Roll in recognition of his many years of dedication to the organization. UAA conferences will never be quite the same without his welcoming presence.