Walter Stewart Fitch
|1986||Astronomy||University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ|
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(1926 - 2013)
Walter S. Fitch, U-High’43, AB’48, PhD’55, of Oracle, AZ, died June 2. He was 87. A WW II Navy veteran, Fitch taught astronomy at the University of Arizona, where he mechanized the 36-inch reflecting telescope in the institution’s observatory. An expert on pulsating stars, Fitch retired from the university in 1986. In retirement, he kept a detailed record of precipitation and temperature and corresponding bird and animal sightings along the Coronado National Forest border. He is survived by his wife, Nancy B. Fitch, AB’47; three daughters; a son; and two grandchildren.