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Kasch, Frederick W. (1913-2008) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Kasch, Frederick W. (1913-2008)

Historical Note:

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.

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