Lt. Col. Fred G. (“Fritz”) Seifritz, a mainstay of Arizona Wing’s Aerospace Education program for more than 20 years, died on June 4. The initial notification came from AZ Wing Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Thomas Bauder who said, “It is with sorrow that I report the passing of Fred Seifritz. Many of you knew Fred as the fellow who would do anything he was asked. Since his passing was sudden and unexpected, his family will keep us informed regarding services for him.”
Seifritz joined Civil Air Patrol in January 1988 and served in aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services positions at the squadron, group, and wing levels. He assembled and managed several extensive displays of CAP uniforms and memorabilia, as well as aerospace education materials, which he set up at air shows and other aviation-related events.
He held master ratings in four specialty tracks — aerospace education, cadet programs, emergency services, and plans and programs — in addition to being a mission observer and ground team member.
Seifritz relocated to Arizona from Chicago and attended Phoenix College and Northern Arizona University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1973. He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force and later worked as a ranger for the National Park Service and held positions with Maricopa County, the city of Glendale, and as a faculty associate for Arizona State University.
His long-time partner in the Arizona Wing aerospace education program, Lt. Col. Peter Feltz, said this is “a great loss to CAP and Aerospace Education and (he) will be greatly missed.”