A fourth-generation San Franciscan, Albert Frietzche ’58 was born on May 19, 1936, to Albert (Sr.) and Helen (Devlin) Frietzsche. A gifted student, he attended Notre Dame des Victoires, St. Ignatius High School, SCU, and received his Doctor of Medicine from Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska. Albert was an avid swimmer and member of the debate team at St. Ignatius as well as a 75-year member of The Olympic Club. At Creighton, he met the love of his life, Sandra Biittner, and they married at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha on Sept. 10, 1960. Blissfully together for 59 years, they became the happy parents of five wonderful children: Stephen, Karol, Kurt, Eric, and Susan. Albert’s greatest joys were spending time with his family—especially attending his grandsons’ sporting events—and sharing his love of travel, books, and woodworking. He had a tremendous gift for telling stories and making people laugh. Albert joined the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, where he was a highly respected internist and rheumatologist for over 50 years. He was honored to be chief of staff of St. Mary’s (1977–79), founding fellow of the American Rheumatism Association in 1986, fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Mary’s (1990–97), member of the San Francisco Medical Association, and member of the California Society of Internal Medicine. He served in the Navy as lieutenant commander at the Naval Hospital in San Diego and was a proud member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church (San Francisco), where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. However, Albert’s greatest honor was being the cherished physician for his many patients. A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Albert passed away peacefully on Sept. 12, 2019, surrounded by his adoring family. He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Sr., his mother, Helen, and his sisters, Nancy Davis and Helen Kane. He is survived by his wife, Sandra, his five children, Stephen (Kym), Karol (Noel), Kurt (Kirsten), Eric (Trine) and Susan Frietzche ’94 (Jason). Albert’s spirit and legacy will continue through his wife, children, and eight grandsons whom he adored: Alex, Collin, Connor, Thomas, Drew, Matt, Finn and Sawyer.

22 Oct 2019