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Ivan Welton Fitzwater of San Antonio died peacefully on December 10, 2010 at age 79. He is preceded in death by his high school sweetheart, Sunny, to whom he was married 34 years, second wife Elaine, to whom he was married 18 years, and his parents, four brothers, and a sister. Dr. Fitzwater is survived by his son Sidney and wife Nancy, daughter Elizabeth and husband Robert, and daughter Martha and husband Ron, grandchildren John and wife Krista, Joe and wife Melissa, James, Shawn, Sarah, and Nicholas, and great granddaughters AnneMarie, Katherine, and Jenna. Born on the family farm in Maryland, Dr. Fitzwater was educated at The George Washington University (BS '55, MA '59, EdD '65 ). He was an educator in Montgomery County, Maryland, Elkhart, Indiana, and Fort Worth, Texas before becoming Superintendent of the North East Independent School District in San Antonio. Dr. Fitzwater later became a Professor at Trinity University. While at Trinity, Dr. Fitzwater started a business with his wife Sunny, traveling over 150,000 miles annually in the U.S. and abroad presenting speeches and seminars to educational and other organizations. A noted speaker and author, he was known for his skill and wit and as a master storyteller, often drawing on his experiences growing up in rural Maryland during the Great Depression. Education Magazine listed him among the top five speakers in America. His poem "Only a Teacher?" is considered one of the sublimest expressions of the value and importance of classroom teachers. In 2008, the American Association of School Administrators presented Dr. Fitzwater with the Distinguished Service Award. He is the only civilian to receive the Ira C. Eaker Award, presented by the Center for Professional Development at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 722 Robinhood Place, San Antonio, Texas 78209. The family will receive friends at the church, following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78229.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 15, 2010
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