Kunz, Fritz

Fritz Kunz

Fritz Kunz (1888-1972) was born in Freeport, Illinois and joined the Theosophical Society at the age of ten. He began reading H. P. Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine at the age of ten, a habit that lasted throughout his life. His vision of the cosmos was one that was grounded in order and essentially meaningful, with man as a knower, able to comprehend that order and realize its significance in terms of human freedom. He had a singular perception of the role that the theosophical metaphysics could play in shaping the modern world view, and his lifelong work was devoted to articulating that role in ways which could impress the minds and hearts of his contemporaries. 

As a young boy, Fritz accompanied C. W. Leadbeater on travels to Australia, India, Burma, and Ceylon. It was on this trip that Fritz met Henry  Olcott, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society. After returning to the United States, Fritz finished his education at the University of Wisconsin (1912). During his life, Fritz worked for the cause of Theosophy in many different capacities, which included working at the Krotona Institute, Krishnamurti’s Order of the Star in the East, manager of the Theosophical Publishing House (India), at the TS Manor in Australia, and much more. 

Fritz Kunz and Dora van Gelder were married in 1927, after which they founded the first theosophical camp at Orcas Island in Washington State. He was also instrumental in the founding of Pumpkin Hollow, another theosophical camp in upstate New York. In addition, Fritz Kunz was the founder of Main Currents in Modern Thought, a journal in which he hoped to report regularly all significant developments, which tended to reinforce the theosophical point of view.