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Dr. Richard R. Fritz
January 25, 1934 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Dr. Richard Reed Fritz, 89, of Galveston, passed away on September 23, 2023. Richard was born on January 25, 1934 in Columbus, Ohio. His family moved to Houston, TX in 1949. Richard earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Houston, M.S. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and a PhD. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. He was a Professor of Biochemistry and Associate Director of the Protein Chemistry Laboratory in the Department of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics. He retired after 43 years of service.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Donald Emory and Elizabeth Irene Fritz, sisters, Donna Jean Knotts, Margaret (Peggy) Ann Hankins and grandson, Daniel Fritz.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela, brother Donald and wife Gayle Fritz, four children, Richard Reed Fritz, Jr., Rebecca Jean Pennington, George Curtis Fritz, and Mary Victoria Price, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, 2011 Church Street, with entombment following at Calvary Catholic Mausoleum, Galveston, TX. Prior to the Mass, visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M, followed by a Rosary at 9:30 A.M.
Pallbearers will be Chris Fritz, Kyle Pennington, Johnny Marullo, William Marullo, Eric Stollon, and Steve Colkitt. Honorary pallbearers, in memoriam, Horace D. Kelso and Dr. George F. Robinson.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff with Autumn Springs Home Care Community, especially Arienne Neumann, Mesh Rawls and Monica Mwaura with AccentCare Home Hospice for the compassionate and attentive 24-hour care Richard lovingly received during his final days.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish, 1010 35th Street, Galveston, Texas 77550 or to the charity of one’s choice.