CLASS OF 1966
RICHARD EDWARD FITZPATRICK
After a courageous battle with metastatic prostate cancer, Fitz passed away from unexpected complications on July 12. He was home in Rancho Santa Fe, California, surrounded by his family.
Fitz came to Princeton from Atlanta, where he was president of his class at Northside High School, president of the Interclass Council, and a member of the football and track teams.
At Princeton he majored in biology, belonged to Cannon Club, and played football and rugby. After graduation he returned to Atlanta for medical school at Emory. He completed his internship at USC and dermatology residency at UCLA. He served in the Navy, reaching the rank of Commander.
Fitz had a brilliant medical career and was recognized world-wide as the father of laser resurfacing. Despite serious health problems in recent years, he maintained his life-long positive attitude, working full-time until the very end. His pride in being part of Princeton, the Class of ‘66, and Cannon Club never left him.
Fitz was a loving family man, devoted to his wife Betsy, daughters Palmer, Elizabeth, Maggi and Caitlin, and son Ted. The Class shares their sense of loss and extends its condolences to them.
Also please see The July 18 memorial service and memories of Fitz with tributes from '66 Classmates.