Frederick W. Kasch Papers, 1937-2011
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Brief Description: The Frederick W. Kasch Papers (1937-2011) document Dr. Kasch’s work as a physiologist, researcher, educator, and promoter of adult fitness in San Diego. The collection highlights his published research, coverage in the media, and awards of appreciation from colleagues, students, and research participants. It includes data from his renowned longitudinal study, “Thirty-three Years of Aerobic Exercise Adherence,” as well as a transcript of the NBC News interview “Cardiovascular Care.” The majority of the materials are concerned with Dr. Kasch's professional career at SDSU and date from 1950 to 1980.  The collection is divided into seven series: Biographical (1913-2008), Correspondence (1954-2009), Photographs (1948-2006), Publications/Professional Work (1937-2010), Newsclippings and Media Coverage (1948-2008), Audiovisual (1978-2011), and Artifacts (1980-1999). Items are arranged alphabetically within each series and include newsclippings, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, scrapbooks, publications and conference proceedings.
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: Kasch, Frederick W. (1913-2008)
Volume: 2.88 Linear Feet
Acquired: 07/01/2011.
Arrangement: Alphabetical by Folder Title
Biographical Note for Kasch, Frederick W. (1913-2008) :

Dr. Frederick William Kasch was born in Chicago on April 16, 1913 and moved to San Diego in 1948 where he spent the remainder of his life as a physiologist, educator, and pioneer researcher of adult fitness. He attended Austin High School in Chicago in 1931, and earned a B.A. in 1935 and a M.A. in 1937 from the University of Illinois, where he played baseball. The team won the 1934 Big Ten Championship. Kasch earned a doctorate degree in education in 1956 from New York University and a physician’s doctorate from Walden University in 1982.

Dr. Kasch became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education at San Diego State College in 1948. In 1952, he established an Exercise Laboratory at San Diego State and began the first adult fitness clinic, also known as the Adult Fitness Program (AFP), on campus. He retired in 1980 as Professor Emeritus. In 1990, a university exercise physiology lab was named in his honor and an endowment for graduate study was established in his name in 1999.

Dr. Kasch received numerous grants for research and supplies for the university. His works were published in journals such as the Journal of the American Podiatry Association, the Journal of the Association for Physical and Mental Rehabilitation, Research Quarterly, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and Physician and Sports Medicine. Dr. Kasch aslo co-authored the book Adult Fitness in 1968 and attended various national and international symposiums.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Kasch, Fred W. (Frederick William)
Physical fitness
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Margaret Kasch
Related Materials: University Archives Photograph Collection, 1898-
PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Frederick W. Kasch Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.