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Mary L. Fisher

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Mary L. Fisher, wife of Robert N. Fisher, of Westport, CT, died November 1, 2013 of head injuries sustained from a fall. Mary was born in Fall River, MA and attended Radcliffe College, class of 1949. She married Robert Fisher of East Greenwich, RI on June 23, 1949, the day after her college graduation. She adopted library science as her profession and broke glass ceilings throughout her career, starting at the Sloan School library at MIT, setting up and managing the high school library in Warren, MA, earning an MLS at Simmons College in Boston, becoming Assistant Director of the Harvard Law Library, serving as Secretary of the American Association of Law Librarians, and retiring as head of legal services at GE. Mary played hard, too. She enthusiastically adopted sailing, the sport loved by her husband. They sailed Moonglow, Bob's leaky old wooden sloop as young 20-somethings, cruised the Caribbean and Med, were members of the Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and sailed the East coast in their Moody 346. She avidly played bridge and started traveling overseas soon after commercial jet airlines made such travel affordable. She spent significant time in Europe, especially France, where she and her husband several times rented local houses and pursued her love of French language and culture. She guided her family during summer vacations throughout Portugal, Spain, France, and through the Iron Curtain to Czechoslovakia, Hungry and East Germany. Using a skill passed on to her from her mother, she entertained friends and family with elaborately prepared meals. She is survived by her son Rodney N. Fisher, daughter-in-law Maria Helena S. Fisher and grandchildren Christopher and Victoria Fisher. A Mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, November 4th at St. Luke Church in Westport, CT

Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14, 2013
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