by Dr Rehan Siddiqui
In 1966 I got admission and a tuition scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA. The university did not offer me an assistantship for my board and lodging. Everybody discouraged me from going to the USA without financial assistance. Dr Fritz Ritze, who was teaching English at FCC, met me in a meeting and discussed the situation with me. He said, “Rehan you must go because I know that you will get the financial assistance when you join the university and show your performance. If you feel you have no money to eat I will support you from New York.” On his encouragement, I went to Cincinnati and got financial assistance. Now I feel that those encouraging words helped me in improving my qualifications. Dr Ritze was a role model and he believed in the college motto: “By love serve one another”.
Photograph of Dr Ritze: The Yearbook – Folio: Forman Christian College, 1971-72.
Photographs of Dr Rehan Siddiqui from his personal collection.