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Frank Tietze
Service: February 24, 2018 (Saturday) at 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hefner Community Center in Asbury Methodist Village, Intersection of Lost Knife Road and Odenhal Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

On Thursday, January 25, 2018 Frank Tietze, Ph.D. of Gaithersburg, MD, died of natural causes.  Frank was born in Manila, Philippines on August 19, 1924 while his father was stationed as a physician in the U.S. military.  His family returned to the United States when Frank was two years old, where he spent his childhood in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Weaver High School (class of 1942).

Frank earned a B.S. in Chemistry at Trinity College, Hartford 1945, M.S. in Organic Chemistry at Northwestern University 1946, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Northwestern University 1949.  Frank did his post-graduate work at Duke University and the University of Washington from 1950-1953.  Afterwards he served as an instructor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Pennsylvania where he met his future wife Rita Lyons.  They were married Jan. 24, 1954.

In 1956, Frank began his thirty-nine year career as a biochemist at the National Institutes of Health, where he made significant contributions in the field of metabolic diseases.  He had numerous articles published in distinguished biomedical journals.

Frank had a passion for classical music and sailing.  As a young boy with perfect pitch, he learned to play violin at the age of five. Later as an adult, he was a member of the NIH Orchestra and enjoyed playing string quartets with his friends.  Frank was a dedicated member of the NIH Sailing association, where he served as Commodore in 1973. 

In 1994, Frank received a diagnosis of esophageal cancer.  Demonstrating a resiliency and determination that were so much a part of his character, he made a full recovery.  After moving to the Asbury Retirement Village in 2013, Frank was found to have a previously untapped talent for the stage.  He performed in three Asbury musical productions in the last years of his life.

He leaves behind his wife Rita of 64 years; children Philip (Carol) of Madison, WI; Matthew (Amy) of Rockville, MD; Judy (Greg) Baier of Boise, ID; and David of Gaithersburg, MD along with his grandchildren Cameron and Stephanie.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Hefner Community Center in Asbury Methodist Village, Intersection of Lost Knife Road and Odenhal Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in his honor. 

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