Harold P. Frisch

October 1, 1938November 16, 2020

Harold P. Frisch, age 82 of Annapolis, MD went to be with the Lord on November 16, 2020. Harold was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed life to the fullest each and every day in his own “Harry” way. Harry was born and raised in the Bronx to Harold and Anna (Gudausky) Frisch and was nephew to Baseball’s Hall of Fame Great, Frankie Frisch. Anxious to pave his own path he ran track for his high school, Mount St. Michael’s Academy and New York University where he studied math and physics earning a Master’s degree in Science. After graduation he headed south to Hampton, VA to join the newly formed government agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as an aerospace engineer in the quest to send a man into space. Soon afterwards Harry moved to the Washington, D.C. area where he continued to work for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center for over 50 years and was bestowed title of Emeritus. During his career, he joined with International Organization of Standardization (ISO) to unify worldwide scientific, proprietary, industrial, and commercial standards. Harry continued to pursue NASA’s mission after his retirement until his death through a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. His goal was to apply engineering and mathematical concepts to the study of cancer immunology, in hopes to reveal the dynamic nature of the human immune system as it responds to cancer and treatment. Always passionate about lifelong learning he continued to keep his mind young by attending weekly NASA lectures with his cherished colleagues and was constantly reading and listening to the Great Courses on a multitude of subjects. Harry was constantly in the pursuit of understanding how everything connects to everything in our dynamic world. After arriving in Washington he met his beloved wife Catherine Smillie (Cathy) of 55 years. They soon moved to Annapolis where they raised their three children and became lifelong members of St. Mary’s Parish. Harry was very active in the parish and the school as a member of the parish council and the athletic organization. He loved watching his children play sports particularly lacrosse and was always a loud fixture at all their games. Harry loved carpentry and constructed furniture and displays for his wife’s art gallery and his masterpiece piece was the family’s much-loved redwood screened-in porch. Harry loved to travel with his wife to all corners of the globe through his work with ISO and for pleasure to visit their beloved friend living in Greece. Harry and his wife have made countless friends during their time in Washington and Annapolis and always enjoyed any party or occasion they could get together to laugh and have a good time. Harry could always be counted on to have a good story to tell with a beer in his hand. Harry’s grandchildren were the light of his life, he enjoyed every minute he could spend with them. The annual family beach week was his favorite where he could sit back and watch them all just have fun being together. He was so immensely proud of each and every one of them for their own unique personality.

In addition to Harry’s parents and uncles, he was preceded in death by his sister Francine Gross. In addition to his wife, Harry is survived by his three children, Dr. Harold Michael Frisch and his wife, Susan; Francis Alexander Frisch and his wife, Janet; and Virginia Frisch McElroy and her husband, Alex. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren: Mary Kate, Hannah, Mitchell, and Caroline (children of Michael and Susan), Sarah, Catherine, William, Charlotte, and Thomas (children of Alex and Janet) and Alex, Michael, Anna, James, and Matthew (children of Virginia and Alex). A funeral mass will be held at Saint John Neumann Mission Church, located at 620 North Bestgate Road, Annapolis, MD, 21401, on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 9am. For our family and friends who would like to participate in the Funeral Mass but are not able to travel or are uncomfortable venturing out due to the COVID19 pandemic, we will be live streaming the funeral mass at these websites. Please stay safe and vigilant and follow social distancing precautions.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Athletic Department, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.


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    Saturday, November 28, 2020

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Mike Laur

November 28, 2020

I remember riding with Alex & Michael a few times and as Mr. Frisch drove us he would occasionally add a few comments which were always thought provoking. And I always thought...”This is one interesting man.”

Also remember any time, any where we had a game - soccer or lacrosse - he was always there. When we traveled what seemed like an eternity to Long Island for lacrosse it was uplifting to see him there at such a distant location. Even more so to hear his familiar voice from the sidelines motivating our team. He was an outstanding and engaged parent, great memories of Mr. Frisch.

Peter Jones

November 27, 2020

After reading about Mr. Frisch's extended history and accomplishments, I can see I was in the presence of a great man, who will always be Mike's Dad or Alex's Dad to me. It was truly a privilege to have grown up around him and his family. I'll never forget his laugh.
- Peter Jones

William Jones

November 27, 2020

First met Harry at a St. Mary's bull roast and discovered that we had a lot in common...which we continued to explore over a few and and then. Will miss him.

Bill Jones

Walter Wappaus

November 19, 2020

I met Harry over 60 years ago when we were working at NASA-Langley. We were both fellow New Yorkers and became fast friends. We both transferred to NASA-Goddard SFC. While in the DC area we both met our future wives. I was honored to be chosen as best man at Harry and Cathy’s wedding. He was a lifelong friend and it was a privilege to have known him and his family these past years. He will be truly missed.

Michael Dickerson

November 19, 2020

I remember how Harry and Cathy helped my daughter when we went to Spain. My wife could not go but my daughter could. Harry was such a gentleman making the 10 days so fun and memorable while still doing all the ISO work we had to do. Cathy and Harry were a wonderful team and I know Cathy will miss him. But his belief system in God will help her and his family overcome the sorrow. They know that he will work with God to make sure the family is fine. With loving memories Mike and Barbara Dickerson

Jay Shanley

November 18, 2020

Harry was a great friend of the entire extended Shanley family and his presence at 8:30 Mass will be missed. I am sure that my Mother met him upon his arrival in heaven with a cold beer and a big smile. My condolences to the entire Frisch family, he was a great role model and a great man!

Krista Davies

November 18, 2020

Harry was the definition of "larger than life." He had a great laugh and a welcoming smile. He will truly be missed. You are all in my prayers.

Kay Newitt

November 18, 2020

And is also remembered by his cousin,Kay, who has great memories of all the Christmas Eves we spent together at our Frisch grandparents house...


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