Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Gilbert "Gil" Geiger Fritz
b: 4/16/42     d: 6/14/2017

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fritzg1960.jpg (35455 bytes) GILBERT FRITZ, Golden W 2; First Alternate Navy Cruiser Award 3; First Place American Aeronautical Society Award 3; National Honor Society 3, 4; Spanish Honor Society 2, 3, 4; Math Honor Society 3, 4; Ultimi Hi-Y 4; Rocket Society President 2, 4, Veep 3.
The Washington Post, Washington D.C. - June 23, 2017
fritzg2000.jpg (35074 bytes)Gilbert Geiger Fritz - The family of Gilbert (Gil) Geiger Fritz announces his passing on June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia, after an extended illness.  He was born April 16, 1942 in Washington, D.C., to Wilbert Garrett and Cora Mae Geiger Fritz.  He was a graduate of Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia in 1960, earned a BA in physics in 1964, and a MA in German literature in 1966 from The Johns Hopkins University.  His 40 plus year career in the Space Science division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC began in the early 60's, during the summers while at Johns Hopkins.  From 1982 until his retirement, he served as the Branch Head of X-Ray Astronomy within the Space Science Division.  After retiring from the government in 2001, he continued to work at the Naval Research Lab as a subcontractor for the Praxis Corporation.  In 2005 he and his wife, Ellen, retired to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland, where they had maintained a vacation house since 1983.  He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Ellen Ennis Fritz; daughter, Amy Lin Derrington (James Hoyt) of Alexandria, Virginia; son, Daniel Eduardo Fritz (Keisha Dawn Fouch) of Port St. Lucie, Florida, and granddaughter, Olivia Mae Derrington.  In addition, a niece, Melanie Anne Clark (Topaz Murphy Terry) of Washington, D.C., and numerous cousins survive him.  His parents and brother, Harold Geiger Fritz, predeceased him.  A celebration of Gil's life will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22307.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gil's name to the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.  A celebration of Gil's life will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, Virginia 22307.

2017 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation
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