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James Meade April 4, 2013 at 01:49 am
Myself, my twin brother, Gary Hida, John Rickert (now a PhD in Math) Jay Koenitzer, Dale Nitschke,Read More Jim McCormick (who went onto to actuarial studies), and a dozen other students I can name all came to admire and respect Mr Fitz. Our calculus classes were filled with basketball, bone crushing handshakes, and a lot of very good math. I probably owe him thousands of dollars for being able to test into 3rd semester calculus at Madison. He is one of the teachers we all remember, admired, and will miss. Thank you Mr Fitz for all you did.
Kathy Johanknecht April 5, 2013 at 05:36 am
I absolutely adored Fitz! I was already good in math, but his influence made me love it. I had himRead More for Calculus and because of his great teaching, I didn't have to take the first 2 semesters of calculus in college. I wast the only student at Drake that was able to test out of both. This is a testament to his amazing teaching. My heart is heavy as I write this. You were the best that West had to offer, and there were so many super teachers there. I went on to major in Math and Statistics and to this day, I continue to take graduate math classes. You helped so many people and were loved by so many more. Thank you with all my heat. My condolences to his family and I'm sure you already know what a great man, teacher and friend he was. Kathy Johankencht Tosa '85
Big Pete April 7, 2013 at 06:12 pm
In Wisconsin, we like to call teachers like Tom, greedy and selfish. When in fact after their goneRead More we all truly understand that it really always was about the kids. We as Wisconsinites should hang our heads in shame.
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