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Ivan W. Fitzwater

Hal Barger
Ivan W. Fitzwater

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of Ivan W. Fitzwater, professor emeritus of education. Dr. Fitzwater died in Austin on Friday, Dec. 10. He was 79.

Education was at the center of Dr. Fitzwater’s life.  He worked in public schools for 23 years before he became the director of the education department’s master’s program in school administration and supervision, a position he held until he retired from Trinity in 1991.

Dr. Fitzwater was born in 1931 in Gaithersburg, Md.  He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees from George Washington University. In 1955, he became a teacher in Maryland and later worked as a guidance counselor, and elementary and high school principal, and an assistant superintendent in a career that took him to Indiana and Texas.

In 1971, Dr. Fitzwater moved to San Antonio and served as the superintendent for the North East Independent School District. Two years later, he became an adjunct professor at Trinity. In 1978, Fitzwater left the school district to be a professor of educational administration and the director of Trinity’s education master’s program.

In addition, Dr. Fitzwater was the president of Management Development Institute, Inc., a company he created, and was a highly successful motivational speaker.  He traveled across the country and abroad to conventions and workshops offering advice on time management, developing leadership skills, and improving student achievement. He was named as one of the nation’s six most in-demand educational speakers by The Executive Educator magazinein 1988.

Dr. Fitzwater also wrote several books, including Practical Techniques for High School Administrators, Loving Parents/Happy Kids, and Time Under Control as well as numerous articles.

He received many honors during his career including being named a Distinguished Professor by the National Academy of School Executives in 1979 and receiving the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators in 2008.

He is survived by his son Sidney, daughter-in-law Nancy and grandchildren John, Joe, and James; daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Robert, and grandchildren Shawn and Sarah; and daughter Martha, son-in-law Ron, and grandchild Nicholas; as well as great grandchildren AnnMarie, Katherine, and Jenna.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 722 Robinhood Place, San Antonio, 78209. Donations may be made in Dr. Fitzwater’s memory to the San Antonio Humane Society, 4804 Fredericksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX, 78229.


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