FISHER ALFRED FOSTER FISHER Alfred Foster Fisher of Silver Spring, Maryland, departed this life on Monday, October 8, 2012 after a lengthy illness. Alfred Fisher was born in Durham, North Carolina on March 7, 1934 to Reverend Miles Mark Fisher, Ph.D. and Mrs. Ada Virginia Foster Fisher. The third of six children, Mr. Fisher grew up in Durham and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences from North Carolina College at Durham (North Carolina Central University) in 1956. From 1956 to 1960, Mr. Fisher served in the United States Air Force, completing basic training in San Antonio, Texas and ultimately being stationed at Zaragoza Air Force Base in Spain. In 1957, he married Janice LaVerne Jones, his college sweetheart and a former Miss North Carolina College. Their union endured for over 55 years. In 1965, Mr. Fisher received a Master of Education Degree in Counselor Education from Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Fisher was an educator, health care executive and higher education administrator. Most importantly, Mr. Fisher was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Mr. Fisher began his post Air Force career as a teacher. Early on, he taught at Whitted Junior High School and later taught at Hillside High School, both in Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Fisher spent the majority of his working years in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, although he had other assignments in Ohio and New York. His first Washington-based position was as a Manpower Specialist with the United States Department of Labor Neighborhood Youth Corps National Staff. As he progressed in his career, he held a number of executive leadership roles with prominent organizations including Community Programs, Inc., the National Urban Coalition, and its spinoff, the Health Manpower Development Corporation. Mr. Fisher spent nine years as the Executive Vice President for Administrative Affairs for the National Medical Association. In 1988, Mr. Fisher joined Howard University as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Dr. Carlton P. Alexis. Mr. Fisher's work at Howard University was one of his greatest passions, and his contributions to Howard during his 22-year tenure remain impactful and significant. While at Howard, Mr. Fisher was Executive Assistant to three Howard University Presidents - Drs. Alexis, Jennifer, and Ladner; and he also held a number of senior administrative positions in Health Affairs and Health Sciences. His last assignment there was as Senior Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. He continued in this role until his retirement in 2010. Mr. Fisher's family was the light of his life. He and his wife, Janice, reared their four children in the Washington metropolitan area. Mr. Fisher was the cornerstone of his family, always giving of his time, energy, talent and positive spirit. Gatherings with his family were his greatest pleasure in life. The hallmark of every gathering was an exquisite meal he prepared with love for all to enjoy. He was so proud of his family, and they, in turn were so proud of him. Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife, Janice Jones Fisher, and his children - Rhonda Fisher Kroll, M.D., Lisa Annette Fisher, Jeri Fisher Flood, Roy DeVonne Flood, Jr., M.D., and James Edward Fisher, Esq.; seven grandchildren - Eric Anthony Kroll, II, Nina Alexis Kroll, Alvin Justin Rucker, Julian Michael Rucker, Brendan Reece Kroll, Erin Noelle Flood, and Jade Alexis Flood; other family members - Florida Fisher Parker, Herbert G. Parker, Ph.D., Miles Mark Fisher, IV, D.Min., Elijah John Fisher, III, Christopher Tennant Fisher, Yvonne Johnson Fisher, and Ada Markita Fisher, M.D., and a host of nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at White Rock Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 12:00 noon. A memorial service will follow in Washington, D.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the in the name of Alfred Foster Fisher. Donations can be made online at or sent to the National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004. Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor, Ltd., 3137 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707, 919-682-3277.Arrangements by Fisher Funeral Parlor, Ltd., 3137 Fayetteville Street, Durham, NC 27707, 919-682-3277.

Published in The Washington Post from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, 2012