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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Former Fort Thomas Mayor, Fred "Fritz" Erschell, passes away

Fred W. "Fritz" Erschell. 

Former Fort Thomas Mayor, Councilman and longtime resident, Fred W. “Fritz” Erschell has passed away. 

Erschell served as mayor from 1978 to 1989. 

Erschell had spent more than half of his life in service to the City of Fort Thomas and its schools. This year, the Fort Thomas Education Foundation and Highlands High School Alumni Association recognized him as their 2021 Alumnus of the Year. He will be remembered at the foundation's 20th anniversary gala next month. He graduated from Highlands High School in the class of 1948. 

In 1990, Fritz, along with others, started the Fort Thomas Foundation for Excellence in Public Education which later became the Fort Thomas Education Foundation. 

The goal of the Foundation was simple: support the academic programs and projects that could not be
financed through the district’s general budget in order to enhance the tradition of academic excellence.

He also recently retired from his active Board of Directors role on the foundation, a position that he held for nearly 20 years. 

Among other civic duties, Erschell was also a lifetime member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club. 

1-6-81, KY Post, via Kenton County Public Library. 

See the Fort Thomas Education Foundation's interview of Erschell below: 

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