L.-Fenster-Obituary

L. F. Fenster M.D.

Seattle, Washington

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L. F. "Fritz" FENSTER M. D. 1931~2011 Born in San Francisco, October 31, 1931. He died at home in Seattle, January 19, 2011. Dr. Fenster was educated at Lowell High School, where he was President of his Senior Class and All City Basketball. He then went to Stanford University (B.A....

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I dated Fritz for a time in 1960 when he was at Yale, and loved his company. The hard part about getting older is that all the people one admired, loved, liked, just go ahead and die anyway.

I was a classmate of Fritz's at Harvard Medical School. The first year in anatomy class, we shared a cadaver with Jim Gay and John McNay. Fritz was handsome, studious, and quiet, and loved to play tennis. We all liked him because he radiated a certain kindness and warmth that he didn't convey in words. I alway regretted that in spite of his professional success, he never came to reunions.

Notwithstanding Fritz's remarkable academic and professional accomplishments, he was always a charming and engaging colleague to this kid from Kansas. I enjoyed both his intellect and his sense of humor, and am honored to have been his friend.

David Zehring MD, La Veta, Colorado

This is Marni Nixon here, Fritz ex wife. We were married for 4 years. He was a fantastic person and we enjoyed music and wit together. He tried to teach me to play tennis, but after seeing me play, he didn't want to admit he'd had anything to do with that...but never mind. We had 4 wonderful years together and he was supportive of my career. I was shocked to hear of his passing but somehow I hope he is at peace. Marni Nixon

Respecting Fritz...listened, admired, and miss him.

With love, peace and comfort,
Lisa Backus Albertson