Charles ‘Fritz’ Caskey, popular Bethune-Cookman professor, dies at 94


Charles Frederick “Fritz’’ Caskey, 94, of Daytona Beach died June 8.  The popular Bethune-Cookman college professor retired in 2000 after 27 years at the college.

Caskey was born Feb. 21, 1919, in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

After graduation from high school, Caskey began classes at Shepherd College, which offered flight training. He obtained his pilot’s license, paying for air time by working at the air field and playing in the dance band. In 1942, as World War II intensified, he was inducted into the Army Air Corps and was soon piloting B-25s over North Africa.

During his career he piloted over 10,000 hours and 15 different planes. His piloting career culminated with a flight around the world in a C-124. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, he completed his Ph.D. in 1970.

At college from 1973 to 2000
He began at Bethune-Cookman College in 1973 and taught educational psychology, becoming professor of psychology in 1980. He was appointed associate vice president for Academic Affairs in 1993. He was subsequently awarded professor emeritus.

Caskey was active in many aspects of community life in Daytona Beach. He served on the Symphony Society, including a stint as president. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, being named Kiwanian of the year in 1994-95. He was an officer on the board of his condominium association for years.

In 1944, he married Doris Louise Wright; they had met at Martinsburg High School.



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