Emanuel Fritz - forester, professor, author, editor, engineer - was born October 29, 1886 in
Baltimore, Maryland. He received a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1908.
Until 1912, Fritz taught at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, from which he himself had graduated
in 1905. His enthusiasm for the forest and his long-time interest in wood, however, eventually took
him to Yale University, where he received his master's in forestry in 1914. Fritz was employed
briefly as a field assistant for the New Hampshire Forestry Commission and then joined the United
States Forest Service as a forest assistant in Montana and Idaho in 1915 and 1916. Later in 1916, he
accepted a forest assistant's position at Fort Valley Forest Experiment Station in Arizona. With the
start of World War I, Fritz enlisted in the military and, after officer training, was commissioned
in the Field Artillery; he became, by transfer to the new air arm of the Army, Captain and C.O. of
the 639th Aero Squadron, serving with the Allied Expeditionary Forces from January, 1918 until May,
1919. Upon his return to civilian life, Fritz accepted a position teaching wood technology and
utilization at the University of California and remained there until his retirement in 1954.
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