Dr Lewis Fretz 1938-1999

In the pages of this journal there can have been no more persistent commentator on American affairs than Dr Lewis Fretz. Over many years he offered lucid and perceptive comment on American foreign policies, past and present, and on presidents and their strengths and foibles. He will be widely missed for this alone.

But it is as a teacher and lecturer that he will be best remembered locally. Lew's lectures in international relations were legendary. He inspired generations of students at Waikato University over nearly thirty years and they remember him with affection and admiration.

There was no secret to his success. He had a complete mastery of his material, with a memory approaching photographic, and he loved the performance and the personal interaction. This extended well beyond the campus. He never refused an invitation to speak to a further education group, service club, or professional...

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