Fitzer, EE Professor Emeritus, Passes Away
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Jack Fitzer, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering, passed away at his home in Eugene, Ore., January 3, one week after suffering a stroke. He was 91.
Fitzer retired from UTA in 2004 after 38 years of service to the University and was one of the earliest faculty members in the College of Engineering. Professor Emeritus honors were bestowed upon him at his retirement.
He served as acting department chairman from 1987 to 1988, associate chairman from 1988 to 1994, acting chairman again from 1994 to 1996, chairman from 1997 to 1998 and associate chairman from 1998 to 2000.
Following his official retirement in August 2001, he continued to serve on a part-time basis for another three years as a graduate advisor, a period of unparalleled growth in the department’s graduate program. At that time, department colleagues presented him with a commendation acknowledging his unselfish and cheerful service.
Fitzer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and also worked in the aerospace defense industry for Chance Vought, Emerson Electric and LTV Aerospace.
He earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri in 1951 and his master of science and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1960 and 1962, respectively.
Remembrances in Fitzer's honor may be sent to Mission Arlington, 210 W. South St., Arlington, TX, 76010.