img-xl-coug-hats.fritz and elson 600 pixTom Fritz had a lot of friends in high places. After his recent death, many of those friends spoke publicly about Fritz’s enormous influence in the Spokane community. He was the retired CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, leading the development of electronic medical records in Spokane’s hospitals. But Fritz was involved in many other business and community projects as well.

When you have that kind of influence, you get to work and play with others at that level. In this picture Fritz (left) celebrates with his friends, the late WSU President Elson Floyd and former WSU Regent and Washington state Senator Chris Marr.

Fritz was a supporter of the new WSU medical school. That’s one reason why after his untimely death, the university created the “Tom Fritz Fund” to honor his legacy and encourage his peers to support the WSU College of Medicine.