Arthur Frisch

The beloved Chronicle photographer who rose from copy boy to become deputy chief photographer and who was known for his professionalism and his good humor, has died. Frisch died Jan. 10, 2008 in a Walnut Creek board and care facility after a long illness. He was 89.

He was a gentleman who, even when covering the most tragic or dramatic story, never lost his composure or his poise. “Art was a cool guy,” said Chronicle photographer Fred Larson. “He was old school, and a pleasure to work for. When Art put an assignment in your hand, you went and did it on the spot. He expected you to run out the door. You better not finish your lunch first.”

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