Dear Nancy, sons and daughters, I was very sorryu to read of Dr. Fitch's passing. I saw him frequently, though briefly, whenever I dropped by the Observatory, and probably on public nights as well. My father told m a number of times how much he admired Dr. Fitch's knowledge of electronics. Our families' close association goes back probably 60 years, and no there is no one left from the early times at Steward, when astronomical research meant one person sitting for hours in a cold dome. I was so pleased to learn of his other interests away from S.O., which overlap my own. I send condolences and very best wishes to all of you. A letter will follow. Roger Carpenter, Tucson
Dear Nancy and children,
I remember Dr. Fitch and you very well from so long ago when you were frequent visitors to our home in Tucson and when I baby-sat your small children in the 50"s!
My parents, Ed and Ethel, were very fond of you both!
I am so sorry for your loss, but how wonderful Walter was able to enjoy a long and fruitful retirement!
Emily Carpenter Long
DEAR NANCY AND CHILDREN, I REMEMBER DR. FITCH SO VERY WELL, AS WELL AS HIS WIFE NANCY AND LITTLE CHILDREN I REMEMBER BABY-SITTING SO MANY YEARS AGO. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, HE WAS A GOOD PERSON. BUT HOW WONDERFUL HE GOT TO EXPERIENCE A LONG AND FRUITFUL RETIREMENT! BEST,
EMILY CARPENTER LONG, PHOENIX
So long Walter. You taught me important things about honesty and compassion when I was a naive graduate student, sharing that tiny alcove in the Steward Observatory with you a very long time ago. I am home again.
As one of my favorite professors, I visited Dr. Fitch on many occasions at his Stewart Observatory Office in 1957.
He was always friendly and congenial even if I wasn't a Astronomy student. I have thought of many time and am saddened by his passing. I am sorry for your loss.
Nancy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.