Dr. Frederick “Fritz” Stocker Memorial Fund
Alumni and colleagues of John Glenn College of Public Affairs Professor Frederick D. “Fritz” Stocker have established a scholarship to honor his memory.
Memories about Professor Frederick D. “Fritz” Stocker
We first met in Washington, D.C. I was finishing a dissertation year at the Brookings Institution, and Fritz was part of a national public finance study. We connected at Ohio State where I regularly sought his advice on academic, teaching and scholarly matters. He generously connected me with public finance types in D.C. and various universities. We teamed up on at least one Ohio project. My fondest memory in our travels around the state is of him telling me about his undergrad days at Cornell University, where he played trombone in a dance band. Seems to fit the man perfectly.
To know Fritz is to love Fritz — such a kind, funny and interesting person. He was more than a professor. He was a friend to everyone he met. He was interested in everyone he met. He wanted to know about your interests. He had a broad view of the world and brought the real world into his classes. He was a mentor at heart, the kind of mentor who gets you talking, opening up about your ideas. When Fritz walked into my office, I smiled. It was going to be a nice conversation. My best memory of Fritz is that the man was low maintenance. No demanding anything. No complaining about anything. He supervised a graduate assistant in his role as executive director of the National Tax Association. He and his graduate assistant always had a wonderful working relationship. He was that way with students — teaching, guiding, caring.
Fritz often included me as a guest speaker in his fiscal administration capstone seminar. That gave me an opportunity to see him in action: how he inspired his students with enthusiasm, sensitivity and wisdom. After he retired, the public affairs department chair twice asked me to teach Dr. Stocker’s entire course. I was, of course, honored to teach my mentor’s course. From his example, I learned the impact you could have on students’ lives.
When the opportunity opened for the Governor’s Task Force on Health Care, they were hiring interns. My instructor went to Fritz to see he if would put in good word for me. Fritz was very positive and supportive of me moving forward with that. He was extremely well-connected downtown, so if you had his support that meant a lot. He was kind of a one-person employment agency for public affairs graduates because had connections downtown with state government, nonprofits and city governments.