Roger F. Fisher, age 70, passed away peacefully at home on February 20, 2013, after a long struggle with a degenerative disease. He was born April 27, 1942, in Toledo and graduated from Waite High School where he was an outstanding student, all-city basketball and baseball player, and is recognized in the Waite High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Roger attended Kent State University and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1965 where he studied physics and played varsity sports. He was a physics, chemistry, and ecology teacher at Northwood High School for 35 years where he was known for his humor, love of the natural world and all things weather-related. He coached varsity boys basketball from 1969 - 1977. Selected by the student body as teacher of the year numerous times, Roger truly loved making difficult concepts understandable for his students, many of whom attribute their science-related careers to his mentorship.
Roger was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed teaching an Ichthyology mini-course in the 1970's after taking graduate course-work at The Ohio State University's Stone Laboratory. He received his Masters Degree in Science Education from the University of Toledo and taught ecology in the evenings at Lourdes College from 1985 - 1995. Upon retirement from public school in 2000, Roger taught middle school mathematics at West Side Montessori for 3 years where his wife, Lynn, is Head of School.
When Roger made a new nature discovery he pursued it with a passion. He shared his knowledge generously while raising Monarch butterflies, searching for earth stars and ant lions, and hunting wild asparagus in the ditches of northwest Ohio. Roger loved music of all kinds and was known for his rock n' roll trivia recall. He enjoyed gardening, driving west to meet oncoming storms, trout fishing at Merickel-Farley Trout Club, long walks in every imaginable habitat and star gazing in remote locales. His legendary fish fries were enjoyed by many.
He was happiest surrounded by family: wife, Lynn; sons, Mark (Terri) and David (Natalie), and grandchildren, Andrew, Brooke, Lily and Ben Fisher. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Hazel Fisher, and is survived by a sister, Mary Pigott (Bob). Many thanks to long-time caregivers Kim and Lori and the tight-knit brotherhood of Waite High School friends and coaches who made it a point to plan regular luncheons so he could attend.
A celebration of Roger's life will take place on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Ward Pavilion at Wildwood Metropark. The family will host an open house from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a gathering to share stories and tributes at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be private. Contributions can be made to the Roger Fisher Science Scholarship Fund at Northwood High School or to West Side Montessori for the development of natural playgrounds.
Published in Toledo Blade from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2013