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Independent Journal
Monday, January 28, 1980
Page 4

John C. Fitch

Memorial services for John C. Fitch, 54, a top Reed School District official, will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur.

He died Saturday at a local hospital.

Fitch, a 23-year resident of Corte Madera, was born in Muncie, Ind.

After graduating from high school, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor's degree in education at Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie and a master's degree, also in education, from Indiana University.

He moved to California in 1950 to work on his doctorate at Stanford University. Before finishing, he was recalled to active duty with the navy in 1951 during the Korean War.

After one year of sea duty with the Navy, he was assigned as a special assistant to the Admiral's office in Tokyo.

He later turned down an administrative position with the American Dependant Schools in Tokyo to return to the United States as a vice principal in Menlo Park.

Fitch later joined the Reed School District, where he worked for 23 years. He was business manager and director of curriculum for the district at the time of his death. He also had been principal of the district's four schools as well as acting superintendant.

He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the California Association of School Administrators, a charter member of the Marin County Association of School Administrators and the Redwoods Presbyterian Church in Larkspur where he served as elder several times. He also served many years on the educational advisoryboard of San Quentin School.

He is survived by his wife, Wilmuth Fitch of Corte Madera, principal of Henry C. Hall School in the Larkspur district; two sons, Michael Fitch and Gregory Fitch, both of Corte Madera; and a brother, Dr. Ray Fitch of Sacramento.

The family prefers memorial gifts to Redwoods Presbyterian Church, John Fitch Memorial Fund.

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