Dr. Louis Albert Fritz, 79, hospital anesthesiology chief

March 10, 2006

Dr. Louis Albert Fritz, former chief of anesthesiology at Maryland General Hospital, died of pneumonia March 2 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 79 and a resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Elmora Avenue, Dr. Fritz was a 1944 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School. He studied briefly at Loyola College before enlisting in the Navy, serving as an electronics specialist during the final days of World War II.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Loyola in 1949 and studied medicine on the GI Bill at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1952. He completed training in anesthesiology at University Hospital.

Dr. Fritz joined the staff of Maryland General in 1956 and was named chief of anesthesiology in 1970. After retiring from the hospital in 1992, he was an anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital until 1996.

He was a member of the American Board of Anesthesiologists and a fellow of the American College of Anesthesiologists

He was an avid duckpin bowler and football fan, and enjoyed gardening.

Dr. Fritz was a communicant of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Baynesville, where a funeral Mass was offered Saturday.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Rosemarie Ramsay; a son, Louis R. Fritz of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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