RIT all in the family for David Fuehrer




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A. Sue Weisler

David Fuehrer ’03, ’04 holds the diploma of his great grandfather, William J. Fuehrer, who graduated from the forerunner of RIT in 1907.

RIT is in David Fuehrer’s DNA.

In 1907, Fuehrer’s great grandfather, William J. Fuehrer, graduated with a degree in architecture from Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, the forerunner of RIT.

His maternal grandfather, Charles Edwards, graduated in 1937 with a degree in mechanical engineering.

His third cousin, Gerard Rossner, earned a BFA in photography in 1961. His uncle, John Hinckel, went back to RIT in his 50s and completed a degree in applied arts and sciences in 2010. And his brother and father attended RIT.

But David Fuerher ’03, ’04 (professional and technical communication, MBA) said that he never felt pressure to attend RIT. He learned about the professional and technical communication program from Professor Patrick Scanlon and thought it was a good fit for him.

Fuehrer today runs his own digital health company called GRYT Health.

The company’s primary client is Stupid Cancer, a charity that supports young adult cancer patients and survivors. He helped develop The Stupid Cancer App, a free app that offers anonymous peer support for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

Fuehrer, a two-time cancer survivor, is thankful to be a part of the RIT family.

“RIT taught me how to be authentic in business and life—how to live and communicate authentically,” he said.