Conrad Hitz (1811-1886) ∞ Anna Panzer (1813-1890)
Fritz Stoeckli (K.9, 1942)
∞ Helen Stoeckli-Evans (1944)
→ Simon Stoeckli (1977)
→ Sarah Stoeckli (1979)
Fritz (son of Walter and Verena Stoeckli) was born in Basel but moved to Yverdon with his parents and sister Renata at the age of four. He studied Chemistry at the University of Neuchâtel and received a PhD from the University of Exeter, (England) in 1968.
After post-doctoral work in Exter and Oxford, he became professor of physical chemistry in Neuchâtel. He specialized in surface chemistry and received later a DSc from Exeter University (1988) and a degree of Dr. honoris causa of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1994). Fritz also devoted much time to the Swiss Army, becoming a General Staff officer (1978), and eventually rose to the ranks of divisional chief of staff and regimental commander. Finally, he became a Brigadier-General (1994) and commanded the Neuchâtel border brigade. He also spent some time in the British Army between 1982 and 1994. As calculated by Helen, all this represents more than 4 years of absence from the family and the civilian job. Fritz was therefore happy to retire formally in 2007, but he has more than enough interests to keep him busy as Professor Emeritus at the University of Neuchâtel. In 2010 he has been awarded a degree of Dr. honoris causa by the Royal Military Academy of Belgium, following his studies in military affairs since the 1980s. Between 2005 and 2015 he has also been a member of the Executive Board of the International Commission for Military History (ICMH).
Helen is Welsh, from Wrexham in North Wales (UK). She studied Chemistry at the University of Aberystwyth (Wales, UK) and later received a PhD (1969) from the University of Salford, England. This was followed by a post-doc fellowship in chemical crystallography at the University of Oxford with the 1964 Nobel Prize Winner Prof. Dorothy Hodgkin. It was at Oxford in 1969 that she met Fritz and they were married in 1971, and she then joined him in Neuchâtel and also began work at the University. She was nominated Associate Professor of Chemical Crystallography in 1987 and Professor Extraordinary in 2005. She retired in 2009, but is still busy in her field. Helen also loves hiking in the mountains, reading modern English literature, and she is playing tennis every week.
Sarah, Sarah (daughter of Fritz and Helen Stoeckli), born 1979 in Neuchâtel, has studied Publicity and Marketing in Lausanne, after two years of Law at the University of Neuchâtel. She has a passion for fashion and design, and enjoys enormously traveling.