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Marlene Marie von Friederichs-Fitzwater

Marlene Marie von Friederichs-Fitzwater, American researcher. Recipient Lifetime Achievement award Sacramento Public Relations Association, also numerous state, regional and national awards for writing, editing, publication design and photography.


  • Friederichs-Fitzwater, Marlene Marie von was born on July 14, 1939 in Beatrice, Nebraska, United States. Daughter of Paul M. and Velma B. (von Friederichs) Fitzwater.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Westminster College, 1981. Master of Arts, University Nebraska, Omaha, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy, University Utah, 1987.

      Certified in death education, Temple University, 1982. Master in Public Health, Waden University, 2008.


    • Various public relations, writing and editing positions, 1957-1978. Teaching fellow in communications University Nebraska, Omaha, 1978-1983, University Utah, Salt Lake City, 1978-1983. Assistant professor mass communications University Southern Colorado, Pueblo, 1983-1985.

      Professor communications studies California State University, Sacramento, since 1985, chair communications studies, 1996-2000. Associate clinical professor family practice School Medicine University California, Davis, since 1987, assistant adjunct professor internal medicine, since 2003, adjunct assistant professor hematology and oncology, since 2005. Director, outreach research and education United States Davis Cancer Center, since 2005.

      Conductor workshops on communication skills for health care professionals Bergan Mercy Hospital, Omaha, 1980-1981, Mercy Care Center, Omaha, 1980-1981, American Cancer Society, 1981-1982, Hospice of Salt Lake, Utah, 1981-1982. Conductor seminars, workshops and courses on health communication, death and dying, patient education and compliance, other related topics, since 1983. Presenter in health communication various professional organization meetings and conferences, since 1981.

      Director, co-founder The Health Communication Research Institute, Sacramento, since 1988.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Trainer United Way, Sacramento, project manager, since 1986. President board directors Hospice Care Sacramento, Inc., 1986-1987. Instructor volunteer training program Hospice Consortium Sacramento.

    Hospice volunteer since 1980. Fellow American Academy on Physician & Patient. Member International Communication Association (health communication division, newsletter editor 1987-1989, secretary 1989-1991), American Association of University Professors, Association Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education, Association Women in Science, Public Relations Society of America (board directors California Capital chapter 1987-1991), Society Teachers Family Medicine, Society Health Care Public Relations and Marketing Northern California.


    • Children: Richard Nielson, Kevin T. Young, James L. Nielson, Paul M. Nielson.
    • father: Paul M. Fitzwater
    • mother: Velma B. (von Friederichs) Fitzwater
    • children: Richard Nielson Friederichs-Fitzwater
    • Kevin T. Young Friederichs-Fitzwater
    • James L. Nielson Friederichs-Fitzwater
    • Paul M. Nielson Friederichs-Fitzwater
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