Dr. Gene Fritsche Commemorative Geology Hike
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, forty-nine fans of Dr. A. Eugene Fritsche gathered for a hike and picnic in Topanga State Park to honor the memory of Gene Fritsche and celebrate his lasting influence on our lives. They included alumni, current and emeritus faculty, staff, colleagues, friends, and members of Gene’s family. Alumni and friends came from far and near to share the geology of some of Gene’s favorite formations and memories of many field trips together. The “far” travelers hailed from British Columbia, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and northern California. Alumni spanned the four decades of Gene’s career at CSUN. Members of the Fritsche family included Gene’s wife Sue, daughter Wendy, son-in-law David, grandchildren Nico and Tasha, and sister Norma. The weather was perfect for the 8-mile-long loop trail through the Sespe and Lower Topanga Formations and the Conejo Volcanics. At the end of the trail, we gathered for cold drinks and a picnic lunch under the oaks. A number of folks shared humorous and touching stories about Gene, tributes that showed how much he was loved and admired by his students and colleagues. Click here to see more photos and the full list of participants.
Several years ago, Gene and Sue established the Gene and Sue Fritsche GeoTrek Endowment, which provides annual scholarships to geology majors, with the $47,000+ that they raised by walking the 418 miles of the four GeoTreks. The family and department welcome donations in memory of Gene. The scholarships from this fund will help all future generations of CSUN students reach their goals of graduation and successful careers as professional geoscientists.
The Gene and Sue Fritsche GeoTrek Endowment for geology scholarships Make donations payable to the CSUN Foundation and note The Gene and Sue Fritsche GeoTrek Endowment on the memo line.
The College of Science and Mathematics
c/o Ms. Judith Deutsch
California State University Northridge
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Northridge, CA 91330-8238