Scott Fricker was a colleague and friend whose kindness and warmth touched us all. His untimely passing has impacted so many people, including the academic and professional community of which he was such an important part. The intellectual curiosity that drove his career, taking him from a research assistant at the Bureau of Labor Statistics to a Senior Psychologist was contagious, with so many colleagues considering him a mentor as well as a collaborator and friend. During his 20 years with BLS, Scott became a highly respected researcher who authored many widely cited publications, and a leader who guided research on a wide variety of survey methodology topics. His research at the University of Maryland’s Joint Program in Survey Methodology on nonresponse and data quality led to several BLS programs developing data quality metrics. Earning his PhD from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology was only the start of his long relationship with the University of Maryland, where he continued to work with faculty and students on a variety of efforts.
Throughout his career, Scott’s collaborations with some of the most prominent names in the survey research field impacted the way that survey practitioners think about standardized questionnaires and mode effects. His tenure as president of the DC chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research is a reflection of how respected he was throughout the professional community. In addition to the regular duties required of the president of DC-AAPOR, Scott championed a diversity initiative aimed at increasing diversity and to bring in more students and early career members. This reflects what Scott was all about, caring about people and helping them develop and improve.
For us all, Scott will be remembered as intelligent, warm, and caring. His relaxed nature and easy smile made the time we spent with Scott feel less like we were working and more like we were enjoying time with friends.
This fund has been created to give Scott’s friends and colleagues an opportunity to support his children in their future educational needs. Although he highly valued his professional pursuits, those of us who knew Scott well know that his family was his proudest achievement and top passion. All money collected will go to Jason Fricker, Scott’s brother, who has custody of his 10-year old son Elliott.
- Diane ORourke
- Philip Doyle
- Pam McGovern
Organizer and beneficiary
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