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Marshall Fritz passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2008, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. We are maintaining this site in his memory.


Fr. Michael Lyons on November 6, 2008 at 09:59 PM said:

The battery in Marshall's body gave out, reminding of at least two conversations with Marshall that used up the battery in my cell phone.

We never met in person; he never even saw a picture of me. Yet I counted him a real friend. After I signed the proclamation in 2001, he called me, and we instantly hit it off. We talked several times a year on the phone. We came close to meeting in person once when he was making a swing through Texas, but we just couldn't line up the logistics. I never got to shake his hand and exchange eye contact on earth. I am left with the dying words of the father St. Therese of Lisieux, "In Heaven." I look forward to that handshake and eye contact in Heaven.

Inspired by Marshall Fritz, on October 23 our parish home school association had its first meeting. We're counting on Marshall on watch over us and intercede for us.

Thank you, Marshall. I'm a better man and a better priest because of you

Eternal rest grant unto Marshall, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.



Doug Klippel on November 6, 2008 at 08:16 PM said:

Marshall had a major impact upon my life, as I greatly expanded my knowledge of libertarianism through personal interaction with him, and also through the numerous books and tapes that bear his imprint. I am grateful to have been able to see him in Atlanta earlier this year -- Marshall will not be forgotten.



Dick Cheatham on November 6, 2008 at 02:16 PM said:

The fact that Marshall's passing was not unexpected does not, for me, minimize the loss. The year has also seen the loss of another great friend and advocate for liberty, Vince Miller. We are all poorer for the loss of these two great and passionate men.

I knew Marshall over the years from the days when he was founding the Advocates. I spoke with him occasionally, but remember well the last occasion when we were together. We were both speaking (away from our homes) for a Libertarian state party convention and had the opportunity to engage in a wonderful uninterrupted one-on-one conversation while driving from one point to another, just the two of us. What a treat! No interruptions, our conversation about liberty was all over the map. We covered and contemplated so many issues relating to liberty and its advancement. I'll never forget that occasion. We agreed on so many points and disagreed on a few also. But what a provocative (and productive) conversation! As busy as we both were, such concentrated and lengthy discussions were rare.

I'll miss the opportunity to share more conversations with Marshall but can comfort myself that the many ripples he initiated throughout our society will continue on forever into the future. None of us can know the broader consequences of our actions, but I know that those with Marshall's name stamped upon them have done our country and the world more good than can possibly be imagined.

I miss you Marshall, but will remember you forever. Thank you for becoming who you became and for having the fortitude to stand for your values. You were an inspiration for all of us.

Dick Cheatham, Founder and Director of Living History Associates, Ltd.



Steve Buckstein on November 6, 2008 at 12:51 PM said:

I knew Marshall from his days with the Advocates for Self-Government. Then, after he started the Alliance for Separation of School and State we invited him in 1995 to give a public presentation in Portland, Oregon. He jumped at the opportunity, and it was a great event. Afterwards, I asked Marshall how our event compared to others he’d done around the country. He just looked at me and said that this was his first such public talk. He was using us as a guinea pig! If he hadn’t told me that I would have never known – Marshall was so enthusiastic, and so well prepared that his first presentation was better than most speakers who’d given the same talk dozens of times.

The libertarian movement, and the separation of school and state movement have lost a great friend and advocate. Marshall was larger than life, and I will never forget him or his messages.

Steve Buckstein, founder Casdade Policy Institute Portland, Oregon



Fred Cookinham on November 6, 2008 at 12:49 PM said:

Marshall's friends and family, I stupidly put off contacting Marshall till November 6, only to find that he had died on November 4. Moral: do everything now. My only excuse is that I am not yet in the habit of doing everything on the computer. The ease of worldwide communication by email, Google and websites is the biggest single reason for my optimism about the triumph of liberty in my lifetime, if not in Marshall's. I have many fond memories of Marshall. We met when he came to NYC in 1984 to use his ingenius system for petitioning, during the Bergland for president campaign. He stayed at my apartment. What a character! At one LP convention, Peter Breggin, the anti-shock therapy psychologist, was giving a serious, indeed disturbing, account of men who had legally had their nagging wives lobotomized. From the back of the room came Marshall's self-described "foghorn voice:" "HOW MUCH DOES THAT OPERATION COST?"
Best wishes, Fred Cookinham



Teresa Blecha on November 6, 2008 at 08:36 AM said:

I owe a lot to Marshall. I have worked for him for several years and he taught me a lot.

When I first met Marshall, he seemed larger than life and a bit overwhelming. But I learned that he was approachable and would listen to you even when you disagreed with him.

I miss him but know that he is in a better place and at peace. I also know that he will continue to guide us here at the Alliance. His passion and belief in our cause is too great for him to not continue to help us from heaven.

Marshall, I miss you. Thank you for all you have done for the Alliance and for me.



JC Bowman on November 5, 2008 at 05:57 PM said:

Marshall was a good friend and mentor. I have interacted with him for well over a decade. Marshall's candor and kindness helped nurture a new generation of principled, visionary citizens and political leaders. His passion for his family and all children was legendary. On his linked in profile Marshall asked if I would write a recommendation, I wrote: “Marshall is one of the most interesting people in America. He champions parental rights tirelessly. He is a dynamic speaker who has the ability to make people think. Even if people disagree with his positions he challeneges others to think how to defend their position. He is extremely honest, and endeavors to to always do what is right.” Marshall is now at peace, I know he is with God.



Sharon Harris on November 5, 2008 at 03:51 PM said:

It is difficult to imagine a world without Marshall, but then we don't have to, because he left such a grand legacy! He was bigger than life, and certainly will be bigger than death.

Marshall never met a stranger, and he had more friends than anyone I've ever known. He was an innovator, a genius, a great mentor, a good friend. He opened many eyes and minds to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

He was one of those rare people who TRULY changed the world.

Marshall, I will miss you terribly. Thank you for all you did for the glorious cause of liberty!



James W. Lark, III on November 5, 2008 at 02:53 PM said:

In April 1985 I was a visiting fellow at the Center for Research in Government Policy and Business at the University of Rochester (New York). One of my Society for Individual Liberty colleagues asked me if I would be able to fetch a visiting Libertarian named Marshall Fritz at the airport the next day, and drive him around the area. I agreed to do so, and thus began a journey and a friendship with a stalwart in the battle for liberty.

Marshall was a man of intelligence, wit, integrity, and kindness. His substantial experience in business, combined with his keen eye and analytical mind, made him an astute observer of the political scene. He worked tirelessly to support the liberty movement around the world; he was always looking for ways in which advocates of liberty could improve their effectiveness. He was very generous with his advice and counsel, which I always found valuable.

I suspect that when the Hall of Fame for the liberty movement is built, there will be an entire wing dedicated to Marshall and his accomplishments.

God bless you, Marshall, and thanks for your great work and friendship.



Alan Schaeffer on November 5, 2008 at 12:38 PM said:

Marshall Fritz passed away yesterday, November 4, 2008.

As you will learn from so many of these posts, Marshall was a true friend and mentor. That's what he's been to me. Even during the last days of his life, when I was privileged to spend some time with him, he set an example of a life well-lived and considered.

Like a good teacher, he always showed his love for people by not letting us get away with fuzzy thinking. At the same time, like a good friend, he would try to give anyone a chance.

More than anything else, Marshall was a man devoted to truth and goodness. He stood fast on principle, solid as the rock he often seemed when those around him wavered or doubted.

As a friend, Marshall's hope for all of us is that we will also stand firm in uncertain times, boldly living out and defending the principles that we know are good and true and beautiful.

And now, I say to Marshall, as he would often say to those he cared about:

"Goodbye, my friend."



George Schwappach on November 5, 2008 at 08:17 AM said:

Marshall was my mentor and greatest friend, and I will miss his company dearly. Not only did he help me to become a better communicator and successful business man, but he also helped me to become a better husband and father, and a deeper Christian. Thank you, dear friend, for helping me. Love always – George



David F. Nolan on November 4, 2008 at 11:30 PM said:

Marshall was indeed "larger than life" -- one of the true giants of the modern-day libertarian movement. He dusted off my two-axis map of political space and used it to create the World's Smallest Political Quiz, thus creating a tool that has shaped the thinking of millions and helped put countless people on the path to the ideas of liberty. We'll miss you, Marshall!



Lucie Ruiz, Marshall's middle daughter on November 4, 2008 at 05:17 AM said:

I hold my dad's hand this morning as he faces death. He is ready to go "home" to God, the Author of Life. We don't know just how much time he has, we're focusing on his comfort.

Thank you for your love and prayers! We're all blessed for having him in our lives!!



Jim and Maureen Boyes on November 2, 2008 at 08:41 PM said:

Hi Marshall,

It's been a while since we've been in touch. We are now grandparents, with a new grandson, and grandaughter (Carlos and Karina). Shawna still remembers when you laid down on the floor in the pastor's office in our church, before you did the separation lecture there in 1996 or 95 here on Whidbey Island. I remember taking you up to the college campus in Canada, the next day, was it Trinity Western? I don't remember. Anyway, I think you had another speaking engaugement at Whistler (sp?).

Well, old buddy, I'm sure going to miss your wit and humor, and your wisdom when it comes to communicating the need for liberty, especially in the education sphere. You have always been an inspiration to me, and one whom I've looked up to over the years. It has been a blessing and a pleasure to have known you. And I want to thank you many times over for your influence in getting my butt to and from the SepConO4 Conference in D.C. That was a fantastic trip; one I will always treadure.

May God truly bless you with His presence in these last days He gives you to remain with us. May He always shed His grace and love upon you for eternity, and may we meet you again where there has always be an eternal separation between school and state (Heaven).

With Our Love, Prayers and Blessings,

Jim, Maureen, and Shawna Boyes



Tom Regnier on October 31, 2008 at 09:34 PM said:

Dear Marshall,

God Bless you and reward you for the work you have done for liberty here on earth.

Tom Regnier NYC



Robert Ramming on October 31, 2008 at 05:08 PM said:

Hey Marshall,

It's been awhile...(25+ years?) Deb & I have been thinking of you fondly. We have 4 kids now - most of them grown. Much to be thankful for. But we have said farewell to many friends and family over the years.

You've affected our lives for the better. I'm grateful to have known you. Thanks.

See you on the other side, my friend.

Robert Ramming Woodland, CA



Mel Wilson on October 31, 2008 at 12:11 AM said:

A really good site and best of luck!

Hey, I wanted to briefly mention a little gem I recently got my hands on that helps younger children come to terms with a parent’s cancer. It’s a delightful, thoughtful and warm-hearted book by a lady called Linda McCowan. According to her website, she is also the illustrator of her own book "Cancer Rhymes with Dancer."

My kids read it and loved the illustrations, several which are shared on Linda McCowan’s website.


Nona in New York City on October 28, 2008 at 11:03 AM said:

Dear Marshall,

I continue praying for you. My only wish (apart from the Miraculous Cure wish) is that I had known you longer.

We'll catch up in eternity. I look forward to that!



Mike Geis on October 28, 2008 at 10:51 AM said:

Marshall,you are still my hero.You looked great at St Agnes, San Joaquin,may I see you soon? Mike



Rick Azevedo on October 26, 2008 at 01:53 PM said:

I've never met you, but any man who wants the government out of education is my comrade in the (peaceful) struggle against tyranny.

God bless you.



K. Kush - St. L., MO on October 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM said:

Hey Marsh, just stumbled across your website. I'm saddened at your diagnosis but buoyed and comforted by your positive go-get-'em-Fritz attitude. Perhaps you need to start yet another organization: ASSG -- Advocates for Selfless (or Spiritual) Self Government!

This is Ken Bush in St. Louis. If you don't remember me read this: [Tho you had often thanked me for all the publicity that I got you on various visits to St. Louis and for introducing you to Frank Nugent (I quoted you in my obit of Frank. That and Frank's photo are available on-line, see MO L.P.'s newsletter 'Show Me Freedom.'), you were most grateful for my turning you on to your former employee, the amazing "Sofia B."]

Well, Marshall, I just wanted to say what a gem you are among the rough. Your many tireless years of dogged libertarian presentations were just the right blend of passion, compassion, and common sense. Your verbiage was logical while your theatrical-style presence was often like a big (big)(but lovable) teddy bear. You have a gift for convincingly speaking to an audience wherein each observer feels you're "in their face" but not in an aggressive way but a compelling way that grabs them by getting them to question basic assumptions about too-ubiquitous government (force). Yes, you made libertarian education fun and so darn user friendly:

You'll go down in history for refining and popularizing the Nolan Chart, starting the sterling Advocates organization, and your novel libertarian witnessing to christians and other faiths. And I'm proud to be one of the first hundred signers to your clever school-state separation petition/declaration.

I've been (slowly but surely) cleaning out my attic and basement which includes bloated three-decades old political files. I'm organizing & sorting the many photos of the LP movement I snapped from the 1980s to the late 1990s (mostly here in Missouri) -- and that's sure to include you: If I run across 'ol Fritz-in-action photos I'll send 'em your way -- photos of you lecturing or being interviewed on tv. yours in liberty --

and yours for a dignified and joyous LIBERATION from the mortal coil,

Ken B. St Louis, MO

p.s.: You're the best!

p.p.s.: When the final time comes, Marshall, I can see you entering Heaven, meeting Jesus -- and giving him the Nolan Quiz! :>) God bless you Mr. Fritz, as he has blessed us all with your humility, insights, and promotional talents in the cause for liberty.



Wayne Harley on October 16, 2008 at 07:56 PM said:


I've met you several times, but as an unassuming blue card you probably don't recall the name. Anyway, I remember you with much fondness. I still use the quiz when I find a potential "convert". Still very effective. Much thanks.

I hope my two cents worth results in you continuing to be very effective too.



Sally Harris on October 8, 2008 at 07:48 AM said:

Hey Marshall, thank you for Advocates, and the Alliance for the Separation of School & State, and every darn other thing you've done for Liberty and to make this a better place to be. It was a hoot looking at the video, saw some familiar faces in there. Consider yourself hugged, sir. Wish you many good things - Sally Harris, Florissant (St Louis area), MO Advocates



Anushree on October 4, 2008 at 06:30 PM said:

Dear Mr. Fritz, I came across your website quite by accident, but your story touched me deeply. My father died from pancreatic cancer 5 years ago, and God was very kind to him in granting him time with his family before a peaceful death. I will pray for you that every moment you have left may be filled with the love of your family and friends. May God bless you, and please pray for me when you are in Heaven.



Juanita Harris on September 30, 2008 at 06:22 AM said:

Hey Marshall, My DTS prayed for you on Sunday, We were fasting and praying and God brought you to mind. so know that at 11:45 pm on Sunday night you were being prayed for in Europe.

Love, Juanita hey e-mail me and I will send you the link to my picture page.

Blessings and I pray God shows you His tangible presence today.



B.J. Peters on September 26, 2008 at 06:10 PM said:

Marshall, I just logged onto the Advocates for Self Government website for the first time in many years (to see if the Bible-Based Study Guide is still available) and was saddened to see the news on the Marshall Fritz tab.

I wanted to let you know what a positive influence you had on me. I was the agnostic libertarian architect who started an ASG chapter in Phoenix. The conversations we had about your faith and my theistically-challenged condition gently nudged me in a direction that caused me to re-examine my spiritual convictions and eventually led to my accepting Christ as my savior and my baptism at Big Surf Water Park on 6/29/03.

I have been a member of Scottsdale Bible Church since then and my wife Pamela and I teach a bible study class for mentally disabled adults and volunteer in the church hospitality ministry. I sing in the church choir and a men's Gospel quintet. 

Your influence led to Joy in the Camp as another sinner returned home. I will hold you in my prayers. I look forward to another big Marshall Fritz bear hug when I see you again on the other side.

Thanks and Blessings, B.J. Peters, Phoenix, AZ



Mark Dorsett on September 22, 2008 at 07:50 AM said:

Hi Marshall,

I am praying for you right now; I enjoyed our ride from Andrew Kern's house in Concord, NC, down to your next ride in Gastonia, NC, a few months ago ... I hope your trip up to the mountains of NC was great!

Your friend in Christ, Mark Dorsett



Rebecca Shipman Hurst on September 15, 2008 at 05:39 AM said:

Dear Marshall, I am thinking about you today and remembering with great pleasure your zest for life, optomism, faith in God and humans, and so many small and large lessons you taught me. I loved the picture of you by Grace, age 7. A perfect image. I printed up your spiritual reading list. I could use that. I hope you make it to the holy land, this earthen trip. I will keep you in my prayers. Rebecca



Jade on September 13, 2008 at 09:35 AM said:

Hi Marshall! It's Jade-- we met at the Pittsburgh Airport with my daughter Pearl. I just wanted to say hi to you and find out how you are? Since we met, I looked into and it inspired to research more about homeschooling and alternative education. It's been so much fun! You really inspired me and I know feel about 99% certain that I will homeschool my kids! How fun! It was so great meeting you and I really felt blessed by your prayer and our brief conversation. Thanks for talking to me about education. How are you feeling and doing? I really hope you write all of the articles that you mentioned. They all look so good! Do it! Your sister in Christ- Jade :)



Jim Tucker on September 9, 2008 at 08:16 PM said:


We ran into each other at El Toro restaurant just minutes ago. We met at the prostate support group in Fresno a couple of years ago. When we met tonight, you asked first how I was doing, and I hung my head and told you my prostate cancer was in remission but that things could be better. You responded with your usual cheery encouragement, which I appreciated. Then you told me about your current health situation, and—as you have done for me in the past—you caused me focus on my blessings and took me away from feeling sorry for myself. I don't know whether you remember, but you reached out to me when I found out I had cancer two years ago, and I shall never forget you for that.

We hardly ever eat at El Toro, and we saw each other tonight in a fleeting moment in the parking lot. It's hard for me to believe that our meeting was just coincidental.

Anyway, thank you, my friend for your kindness to me and for the positive attitude you always project. I thank God that you came into my life, and I also thank you for the encouragement you have given to so many of us. God bless you.

Jim Tucker


Miller Thomson
on September 4, 2008 at 01:52 AM said:

I feel sorry about Marshall who is affected from pancreatic cancer and i pray for him every day. I pray for him for his diagnosis on Sunday, February 17. Everyone should remember one thing, "God is great".



Bea Armstrong on September 1, 2008 at 07:30 PM said:

No way you'll remember me...but I'll always remember you. We met in '80 or '81 in Palo Alto, CA, at a week long Cato seminar on libertarian politics, economics, philosophy, etc., at Stanford U. Hanging out w/so many wonderful people, yourself included, I was sure I had found a replacement for heaven, and on Earth. We had a great discussion to the contrary, since I was an agnostic at the time and you a Christian. I went on to run as the Libertarian candidate for governor in Illonois in '82 and had a fantastic time talking liberty. Later moved to CA (have lived in the Bay Area for past 25 years) and became a practicing psychotherpist in San Jose. I would see your name pop up periodically in libertarian newsletters, especially once the world went online. And always thought fondly of you. And still do. Some people make a lasting impression, whether you continue to see them or not. Thank you for being such a good you. I'm glad that you're loving every minute of this lifetime. Me too. It is quite a trip! En-joy!

Lots of love, Bea Armstrong


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