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Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz, ED.D

Petersburg, Virginia

October 30, 1962 - August 14, 2023

Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz, ED.D Obituary

Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz Daniel Charles Fritz, Ed.D., born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was raised by his great aunt Trudy Fritz. Dan's birth mother had him at a very young age 17, so Daniel L. Fritz and Trudy Fritz adopted him and raised him up to be the person that he is today. Dan attended West Catholic High school for Boys, which is now a coed school. He excelled in academics as well as in Football, Track and Field, and Cross Country. Dan achieved All Catholic, All City, and All State honors in track and field. He broke records on relays and in individual events. He graduated from West Catholic and attended North Carolina A&T State University on a track scholarship in August of 1980. He also played football for two years, ran track and field, and cross country. Dan majored in Architectural Engineering receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina A&T. He received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and served on active duty during the first gulf war. Dan received other honors such as best male and senior athlete in 1984. In 1983, he won the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference indoor 800-meter championships at Maryland Eastern Shore, breaking the 800-meter record during the trial heats and then breaking and setting the record again in the finals. Dan received All MEAC in both Track and Field and Cross Country. Education and sports were always very important, so Danny continued his education receiving a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Winston Salem State University; then he returned to North Carolina A&T and completed his Master of Science degree in Applied mathematics. Danny later attended Virginia State University and completed a Doctor of Education degree. Danny found his calling in education as well as in wrestling and teaching mathematics. He also played semi-professional football with teams out of Georgia and in the Carolina Football League. Dan has coached track and field at the college level and has won national championship rings as an assistant coach to George Williams at one of the colleges. Dr. Fritz, was a scholar, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Virginia State University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College; he taught Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Statistics. Dr. Fritz holds not one, but two bachelor’s degrees, one in Architectural Engineering, the other in Pure Mathematics. His master’s degree is in Applied Mathematics. His doctorate is in Education. Dr. Fritz was a world class athlete, a national competitor, a record setting track runner, a semi-pro footballer, track coach, martial arts master with five black belts with national and international titles, and founder of Ten Tigers of Taekwondo and Self Defense. He was known as Mr. Excellent to the world of Professional Wrestling. Dr. Fritz served the VSU campus community well; he was adored by his students and colleagues. He served on VSU’s Faculty Senate, and in 2022, Dr. Fritz was recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award by Virginia State University.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10am, Friday, August 25, 2023 at Virginia Hall on the campus of Virginia State University, Petersburg.  Public visitation will be held from 10-2pm, Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the chapel of Bland Funeral Home, 137 Harrison Street, Petersburg and from 4-8pm at Virginia Hall, VSU.  Interment will follow in Amelia Veteran's Cemetery, Amelia, VA.  


Professional services have been entrusted to the caring staff of Bland Funeral Home, 137 Harrison Street, Petersburg.  For more information, call us at (804) 732-7841.  

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz, ED.D hosted by Bland Funeral Homes.

Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz Daniel Charles Fritz, Ed.D., born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was raised by his great aunt Trudy Fritz. Dan's birth mother had him at a very young age 17, so Daniel L. Fritz and Trudy Fritz adopted him and raised him up to be the person that he is today. Dan attended West Catholic High school for Boys, which is now a coed school. He excelled in academics as well as in Football, Track and Field, and Cross Country. Dan achieved All Catholic, All City, and All State honors in track and field. He broke records on relays and in individual events. He graduated from West Catholic and attended North Carolina A&T State University on a track scholarship in August of 1980. He also played football for two years, ran track and field, and cross country. Dan majored in Architectural Engineering receiving a Bachelor of Science degree at North Carolina A&T. He received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and served on active duty during the first gulf war. Dan received other honors such as best male and senior athlete in 1984. In 1983, he won the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference indoor 800-meter championships at Maryland Eastern Shore, breaking the 800-meter record during the trial heats and then breaking and setting the record again in the finals. Dan received All MEAC in both Track and Field and Cross Country. Education and sports were always very important, so Danny continued his education receiving a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Winston Salem State University; then he returned to North Carolina A&T and completed his Master of Science degree in Applied mathematics. Danny later attended Virginia State University and completed a Doctor of Education degree. Danny found his calling in education as well as in wrestling and teaching mathematics. He also played semi-professional football with teams out of Georgia and in the Carolina Football League. Dan has coached track and field at the college level and has won national championship rings as an assistant coach to George Williams at one of the colleges. Dr. Fritz, was a scholar, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Virginia State University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College; he taught Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Statistics. Dr. Fritz holds not one, but two bachelor’s degrees, one in Architectural Engineering, the other in Pure Mathematics. His master’s degree is in Applied Mathematics. His doctorate is in Education. Dr. Fritz was a world class athlete, a national competitor, a record setting track runner, a semi-pro footballer, track coach, martial arts master with five black belts with national and international titles, and founder of Ten Tigers of Taekwondo and Self Defense. He was known as Mr. Excellent to the world of Professional Wrestling. Dr. Fritz served the VSU campus community well; he was adored by his students and colleagues. He served on VSU’s Faculty Senate, and in 2022, Dr. Fritz was recognized with an Outstanding Faculty Award by Virginia State University.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 10am, Friday, August 25, 2023 at Virginia Hall on the campus of Virginia State University, Petersburg.  Public visitation will be held from 10-2pm, Thursday, August 24, 2023 at the chapel of Bland Funeral Home, 137 Harrison Street, Petersburg and from 4-8pm at Virginia Hall, VSU.  Interment will follow in Amelia Veteran's Cemetery, Amelia, VA.  


Professional services have been entrusted to the caring staff of Bland Funeral Home, 137 Harrison Street, Petersburg.  For more information, call us at (804) 732-7841.  

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Dr. Daniel Charles Fritz, ED.D hosted by Bland Funeral Homes.

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