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Fischer, Jr., M.D.
SALT POINT - Henry "Hank" John Fischer, Jr., M.D. of Salt Point, passed away at his home after a courageous battle with cancer on March 5, 2013. He was born in New York City and spent his summers at Bell Island, CT. He was a man of many passions, from driving on the track to taking care of his farmland. He had a passion for lifelong learning, spending time with his family, throwing parties for himself and eating copious amounts of seafood.
He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1962 and went on to receive his medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate in 1966. He trained at Kings County Hospital and New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, and began is specialization in Radiology and teaching at Columbia-Presbyterian. He met his wife, Tibby, at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and they were married in 1972 in Mamaroneck, New York.
Hank began a dedicated forty-year career in radiology in Poughkeepsie in 1972 when he joined Dr. Jerome Krieger at (what was then known as) Vassar Brothers Hospital. With two other radiologists who joined them in 1973, the four physicians built a large and dynamic practice covering the Mid-Hudson region, which developed into Dutchess County Radiology Associates (DRA). He enjoyed lunches spent with the physicians early in his career where they shared a passion for the medical career and a sense of humor. Dr. Fischer was the first board certified physician in Nuclear Medicine in Poughkeepsie and led the development of that subspecialty at Vassar Hospital.
He was a member of the Pleasant Valley Planning Board, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, the American Board of Radiology and Nuclear Radiology, American Board of Nuclear Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, Society of Nuclear Medicine, and American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America, Federal, State & Local Medical & Radiology Societies, and Porsche Club of America (PCA).
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth "Tibby" Fischer; his daughter Tara; his son Henry III;
and his three sisters, Henriette Blair of Manchester, Missouri; Ollie Sonberg of East Orleans, Massachusetts; and Anne Pittore of White Plains, New York.
The family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Charlie's Fund, which supports research toward a cure or treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy that has affected one of Hank's colleague's sons. Donate through www.charleysfund.org website.
The family would like to thank Alex Harbold, Rosa Sosa and all of those who offered their words and deeds of support.
From the words of Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened," and from Dr. Jack Goodman, "He was the toughest man I ever knew."
Friends may come to the Allen Funeral Home, 1605 Main St., Pleasant Valley, New York, Monday, March 11th from 3-5 pm with a sharing remembrance and journaling memories of Hank's life from 5- 6pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Pleasant Valley, New York, Tuesday, March 12th at 11am followed by a luncheon nearby from 12-2:30pm to be announced after the mass. All are welcome and appreciated.
If you would like to send the family a condolence and for directions, please visit www.HudsonValleyFuneralHomes.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013