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McCALL FREDERICK JAMES McCALL, JR. "Fritz" Beloved husband, father, son, and friend, was the heart and soul of his family. He made a loving and joy-filled home with his wife, Soyong Cho McCall, and his daughter, Sophia Cho McCall, in Arlington, Virginia. Fritz was a doting and adoring father, frequently taking Sophia on adventures big and small. He taught her everything he could, from swimming with sea turtles to constructing robots. He was the rock for his wife, always supportive and her best friend for more than 20 years. Fritz loved to bring family and friends together over a home-cooked extravaganza, especially during the holidays and at his mother's annual crab feast. It brought him joy and happiness to see those close to him enjoy his meals and gather together in good conversation and laughter. He was always ready to share a story along with his incredible humor and wit. Fritz also found a home and many valued colleagues and friends at the University of Maryland, where he worked for more than 16 years. Fritz began working part-time at UMD in 1999 and was soon hired full-time by the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), where he was named Director of Computing Facilities. In this role, Fritz managed the institute's computing infrastructure as well as its tech staff. Over the next 16 years, Fritz designed and built high-end computing labs that conducted research in genomics, computer visualization, cybersecurity, environmental synthesis, virtual and augmented reality, and more. The UMIACS Help Desk that he conceived provides 24/7 tech coverage to 80-plus faculty and research scientists and more than 150 graduate students. In March 2016, Fritz shifted to the University's Division of Information Technology, serving as Director of Research Computing for the campus. Fritz was born in Wilmington, Delaware to loving parents, Frederick "Fritz" James McCall, Sr. and Catherine "Cathy" Elizabeth (Curran) McCall. He grew up in Chestertown, Maryland, and attended high school at St. Andrews in Middletown, Delaware. Growing up, Fritz was active in sports and lacrosse in particular. In his senior year of high school, he was named Most Valuable Player and to the All American team. He thrived at St. Andrews where he was also a talented artist and enjoyed making home movies with his friends. Fritz graduated from Williams College with honors and majored in Art History and Mathematics. He met his wife and many dear friends at Williams, where he was often the life of the party. Fritz left this world far too soon, passing away on January 2, 2017. In addition to his wife and daughter, Fritz is survived by his mother, Cathy McCall; his mother-in-law, Pong Cho; and his brothers-in-law, Henry Cho and Robert Cho, and Robert's wife, Jessica, and sons, Andrew and Justin. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Fritz McCall Sr., in 2006, and father-in-law, Kwang Cho, in 2015. Throughout his life, Fritz was known for his endless generosity, good-humor, loyalty to friends and family, and buoyant spirit. He was and continues to be a bright spirit, lighting the way for others. He will be deeply missed and remembered by his family and friends, and by his wife and daughter, who together will find a way to live to honor him and his values. Service previously held.Fritz left this world far too soon, passing away on January 2, 2017. In addition to his wife and daughter, Fritz is survived by his mother, Cathy McCall; his mother-in-law, Pong Cho; and his brothers-in-law, Henry Cho and Robert Cho, and Robert's wife, Jessica, and sons, Andrew and Justin. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Fritz McCall Sr., in 2006, and father-in-law, Kwang Cho, in 2015. Throughout his life, Fritz was known for his endless generosity, good-humor, loyalty to friends and family, and buoyant spirit. He was and continues to be a bright spirit, lighting the way for others. He will be deeply missed and remembered by his family and friends, and by his wife and daughter, who together will find a way to live to honor him and his values. Service previously held.
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Fritz always had me smiling and thinking. It's as if he insisted I laugh hard and think hard. Our last gathering was at Halloween, when we on North Taylor Street would put out the fire pit and gather 'round the chairs.' We would have a party right in the street! We put out candy for the kids and greet the trick or treaters. Fritz showed up later, after Sophia was finished, with a big container of Manhattans. The conversation flowed like those Manhattans he served and many of us marveled at his experiences and ability to laugh at himself. I loved that he never took himself too seriously at all. Fritz, we will miss you terribly on the cul de sac. farewell.
Stewart Andrews
February 3, 2017
Because of the distance between our homes, most socializing with Soyong and Fritz involved overnights. Fritz was a generous host eager to share the highlights of his turf, and an enthusiastic guest as he explored new territory. With Fritz around, there was bound to be laughter and good conversation. In short, he was a great guy. I wish we all could have spent more time together.
Susan Misicka
January 31, 2017
I am shocked at Fritz's premature departure from this world. He was an amazing man...someone willing to help, no matter how big or small the project at hand. He advised me on various IT matters in a manner that made me comfortable. He was a genius, but you would not know this due to his modesty.

My condolences to the McCall family. A great loss for the University of Maryland.
Dan Navarro
January 17, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, Fritz was a good man and well respected indeed.
Christian Presley
January 12, 2017

I only knew you for a brief time but it was a pleasure getting to know you and work with you. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. You were always a joy to talk to and in the few hours we spent conversing over the phone I can honestly say it was a pleasure to know you. Rest in peace, you were a great man.
William Schreckenstein
January 12, 2017
Fritz's efforts and dedication was instrumental to the success of my research program in UMIACS at the University of Maryland. I work in the area of big data, which as the name suggests, involves systems and algorithms for processing large amounts of data. This, of course, requires the use of computing clusters: over the years, Fritz and his team have designed, built, and maintained multiple Hadoop clusters to support my research and that of my students and colleagues.

What's remarkable about Fritz's approach is that he understands the fine balance between supporting the agility necessary to pursue excellent research and the stability necessary to serve a community of users with diverse interests and priorities. This was especially a challenge for an immature technology such as Hadoop. He and his team have saved us from ourselves on many occasions. Fritz accomplished the administration of my cluster resources with great skill and tact, contributing immeasurably to the success of my research program.

I have since moved to the University of Waterloo, but I hold fond memories of many discussions over the years with Fritz---particularly talking shop and geeking out with him over various machine specifications. Servers were our "toys", and we'd always get excited about the cool new hardware we could buy---boys with toys!

He will be greatly missed.
Jimmy Lin
January 11, 2017
Fritz had such an enormous impact on the teaching, learning, and research community at the University of Maryland. I learned more from him in the ten months I was lucky enough to work with him at DIT than I have learned in my 12 prior years on campus. He was not just a colleague, but a dear friend. To answer your question, Fritz, "Yes. Absolutely. I would LOVE an espresso". xoxo
Megan Masters
January 11, 2017
Soyong, I am so sorry for your loss - both the profound nature of the loss and its suddenness. I regret that I did not meet Fritz, who clearly was a wonderful, beloved, and incredible person. My heart aches for you, Sophia, and your family. I wish you the best during this most difficult of times.
Carolyn Hann
January 10, 2017
Soyong, I am so sorry for your loss... I cannot even begin to imagine how hard this must be for you and your family. I never met your husband, but I am more than sure he was an awesome person. I am praying for you and your family.
Rayco Cheney
January 10, 2017
Soyong, family, and friends -- Ephs especially -- who knew Fritz better than I. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I did not know Fritz well, but knew him to be good, and friendly -- enough to know what goodness and gladness he brought to those he was close to.
Nathaniel Day
January 8, 2017
I am so very sorry for your loss. Fritz and I shared an entry, Sage F, as first-years at Williams. He was such a positive and good-natured person. He never had a harsh word and was always welcoming and inclusive. I am sorry that we fell out of touch and my heart aches for your loss Soyong. I do hope you lean on the Williams web as you strive to find a way through these difficult times. All my thoughts and prayers with you.
Kirsten Rigney
January 8, 2017
Fritz was the pride and joy of his parents. They were always so proud of him. The world is a sadder place today.
Patricia Quinn
January 8, 2017
Sending my deepest condolences to Fritz's family. His brilliance, curiosity, humor, generosity and friendship will be greatly missed.
Halimah DeLaine-Prado
January 7, 2017
It's so hard to process the loss of our vibrant, warm, engaging, full-of-life friend, Fritz. He was delightful, interesting, interested in everything, and such a nice guy. We met your family soon after moving here from Boston, and we delighted in finding another family-of-three with a daughter the same age as ours. We have nice memories of him: at our neighborhood pool, complimenting our choice of fancy food and drink, commiserating about the chaos of Chuck E Cheese, bringing over cool new technologies for the kids to try, and enjoying a good story or two every time we saw him. My favorite memories are him talking sweetly to Sophia at the playground, and seeing him and Soyong laughing and cooking in their kitchen together. You are a family that deeply enjoys one another's company. You have so many warm memories to hold onto, even if this life that we are celebrating seems dreadfully short now. We will do all we can to support you, Soyong and Sophia, and we grieve with your whole family. More adventures await you, and we will be there to help you along the way.
Kelly Whitney
January 7, 2017
I couldn't believe the news that Fritz is gone. His cheer and sense of humor stay with me even 20 years after working with him. I tried to reach the memorial service today, but the sudden snow caused an accident on 95S right in front of me. I called 911 to report it, and began helping until services arrived. I think Fritz would have approved when I talked the very pregnant driver into an ambulance.
Jill Reese
January 7, 2017
I only knew Fritz for a short time, but it was a pleasure to work with him. My deepest condolences to his family.
Derek Richardson
January 7, 2017
The words to express my sympathy and sadness for your loss escape me. The world is not the same knowing that Fritz is gone.
Jentry Vranian-Wade
January 7, 2017
There are no words that can express the sorrow of losing someone so vital, introspective and kind as Fritz. I know many have known him much longer than I, but his spirit and smile made such an immediate impact as to make time irrelevant. I was always happy to run into him, as his mind was always turning deeply on an issue, yet he would also find a way to regale in tales of personal humor that revealed a glimpse of his thoughtful nature. All who knew him understand the vacuum his passing leaves in our lives.

To Soyong, Sophia, family and freinds, please accept my deepest condolences.
Emery Rudolph
January 6, 2017
Such a gentle soul in the prime of his life. We just saw him at his mom's house in the Fall. Always so kind and genuine. A pleasure to sit and speak with about anything. He will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Mike and Kim Morgan
January 6, 2017
I am so so sad to hear this news. I was hoping to reconnect with Fritz. I will always remember his wit and mischief and smile and kindness and storytelling.
Jawad Haider
January 6, 2017
I was so very shocked and saddened to learn of Fritz's passing. He truly was a visionary and will be sorely missed.
Robert Blevins
January 6, 2017
I was lucky enough to know Fritz his entire time at UMIACS, and although it was a professional context, to me it's his personal qualities that really stood out -- not just his intelligence and technical prowess, but his caring, and warmth, and integrity. There are no right words to say, but please know that my heart and my thoughts are with you.
Philip Resnik
January 6, 2017
Fritz was always steady and calm and oh-so-smart. Very sorry for this loss for you and the family.
Judith Klavans
January 6, 2017
A gentle soul from the start, Fritz offered novel, non-disruptive solutions and advances--always with humor and a pleasant smile. I will never forget how much he helped the CLIP Lab at UMD, spending countless in-person hours to help keep us on the bleeding edge. He was a colleague and friend to all. His abrupt departure is unimaginable. Condolences to his beautiful family and to all whose lives he touched. -- Bonnie Dorr and Stephen Martin
Bonnie Dorr
January 6, 2017
We were very sorry to learn of your loss, and our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Brendon Fowler
January 6, 2017
Although I had known Fritz for only a short 7 months, and initially as a customer, but he truly became a good friend overtime. I can't express my deep sorrow and sadness over losing one of the brightest, friendliest, and most passionate individual everything he did. He frequently shared how much involved he was in his family life and adored his daughter, despite the hectic and high pressure role at UMD he had. I will miss dropping by his office, grabbing an espresso, and seeing the ever-smiling energetic Fritz that he ALWAYS was. Rest in peace my friend!
Sanjay Asnani
January 6, 2017
so much goodness and talent in an artist, an athlete, and as a friend. I am thankful that his creations, his art in biology illustrations (and postcards), his original St. Andrew's natural history map remind us of our good times together, of his good humor and generosity and of his remarkable thoughtfulness.
Peter McLean
January 5, 2017
Soyong, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you every day at the office. Much love, Gillian
Gillian Giannetti
January 5, 2017
miss you terribly...
Marcio Oliveira
January 5, 2017
A friend like you is part of one's being and dreams. I will forever miss you!
Marcio Oliveira
January 5, 2017
Fritz had been a customer of mine for years and it was a great pleasure to have worked with him. He was kind, so smart, witty and had such great energy with every topic of discussion. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know him. Sending my heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
Heather Wellman
January 5, 2017
Dear Pat, I'm sorry for your family's loss. Our prays are with you all. Mary at the DOH
Mary Franco
January 5, 2017
Fritz was truly a one of a kind individual. He was such a joy to have in the building, often stopping by offering words of encouragement and praise, a bit of humor or witty observation. I have truly enjoyed working with you and will greatly miss having you here in Patuxent. You have a bright spirit my friend. Your laughter, mischievous nature, and jovial approach to life will not soon be forgotten. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to your family. May your soul rest in peace.
Melissa Dressler
January 5, 2017
Fritz had been a customer of mine for the last 10 years-- first at IBM, then Cisco, then Dell. I loved working with Fritz and always felt inspired by our conversations. He was brilliant, witty, warm, and kind. College Park will not be the same without him. He leaves a great legacy of work at the University of Maryland. My heart aches for his family. Love and sympathy to all.
Susan Cargill-Collura
January 5, 2017
I am very shocked and saddened to hear of Fritz's passing. Fritz and I both grew up in the Chestertown, MD area, but I got to know Fritz much better at St. Andrew's School where we both played on the lacrosse team and often lived on the same corridor. Nearly everyday, Fritz had a positive attitude, a quick smile and words of encouragement at the ready. He was always so enthusiastic and passionate about whatever was of interest to him at that particular time (even if you had difficulty understanding what he was talking about). He was a friend with whom I very much regret losing touch over the years. I'll always remember him for his kind soul and easy laugh.
Tim Fallaw
January 5, 2017
You were joy to be around, always willing to lend a hand or an ear, and your positive attitude was a breath of fresh air.

But these few words are not nearly enough... Dear colleague and friend, we will miss you very much!
Cheryl-Anne Juba
January 5, 2017
I knew Fritz from the day he was born. I watched as he grew into the fine man he became. He was a source of great pride to his parents. He was a very hard worker who loved his mother, wife and was a doting father to his daughter, his pride and joy.
He will be greatly missed by all who's lives he touched.
Cathie Spray
January 5, 2017
It feels so weird walking the halls of Patuxent and not seeing Fritz. I will miss his perspective and pearls of wisdom which often helped bring clarity to me when I was struggling to understand a complex issue.
Kevin Shivers
January 4, 2017
Fritz was a friendly and helpful neighbor across the street.
Dick&Kay Pace
January 4, 2017
On any day I had the good fortune to cross paths with Fritz in the Patuxent Building at UMD (his office location since he joined the Division of Information Technology), my day was made brighter by the encounter. I will miss his presence.
Amy Ginther
January 4, 2017
I worked with Fritz and will always remember the sparkle in his eye and his quick smile and easy going manner. It was a pleasure to have known him. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to his family.
Kim Zimmerman
January 4, 2017
I truly enjoyed working with Fritz; he was a wonderful and caring colleague and I'll miss his insights. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Jen Gartner
January 4, 2017
You will be missed, RIP.
- Chris Cawley CATT Lab @ UMD
chris cawley
January 4, 2017
Fritz was a good partner in research computing at UMD. We will miss your intellect. You left us too soon. Rest in peace colleague.

Fran LoPresti
January 3, 2017
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