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Born in San Francisco on Aug. 20, 1920, at the Presidio, Howard Bernard “Fitz” Fitzpatrick ’41 graduated early from Sequoia High School in Redwood City and was accepted to SCU. He transferred to UCLA in 1939, pledging and serving as president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. On a blind date, he met his future bride, Barbara Marie Black. Howard graduated from UCLA as a political science major and enlisted in the Navy on April 1942. He served in the Navy as a lieutenant senior grade commissioned officer on the destroyer USS The Sullivans in the Pacific Theatre from Aug. 11, 1942, to March 15, 1946. Howard returned to civilian life in Los Angeles and began his career in the painting industry with JP Carroll Company. Some of his most noteworthy projects include Disneyland in Anaheim; Dodger Stadium, LA Memorial Coliseum, Century City, and the city’s Getty Museum. Fitz loved music! From the band he assembled in high school to his passion for arranging notes on his piano, music brought him many hours of joy. He enjoyed spending time with his large family and great friends; his fine wines; and golfing as he traveled the globe. Fitz was either planning or going on great trips! He was president of the Wilshire Country Club and was the longest living member at the Jonathan Club. He spent nearly 50 years overseeing the University Hill Foundation, which supports the Jesuit community at Loyola Marymount University. At 98 years old, Howard passed away peacefully on Feb. 10, 2019. He is survived by his six children, Kevin (Ann), Michael (Nancy), Maureen (John Dawn), Patricia (Peter Black d.), Sheila (Jon Christner), and Erin (Sullivan); and is adored by his many grandchildren! Howard was preceded in death in 2015 by his loving wife of 73 years, Barbara; parents Austin and Antoinette Marie Fitzpatrick; and brothers Austin and Gene.