Dr. James W. Fisher
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James W. Fisher passed away on May 1, 2016. He was born in Startex (formerly Tucapau), South Carolina on May 22, 1925. He was a pharmacologist, medical educator, scientist and genealogist. Dr. Fisher received the Experimental Therapeutics Award from the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) in 1992 for his lifetime work on erythropoietin and educating medical students in pharmacology. He was President of the Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairmen (AMSP), 1990-92. His other ASPET Service is as follows: Sollman Awards Committee, 1981; Experimental Therapeutics Awards Committee, 1982, 1994; Otto Krayer Awards Committee, 1990; Educational Affairs Committee, 1986-89; Alerting Network Committee, 1986-90; and nominating Committee, 1997. His service with AMSP is as follows: President, 1990-92; Executive Committee, 1979-82; Nominating Committee, 1975, 86, 94, 96, 99; Founding Chairman, Essential Knowledge Objectives Committee, 1984-95, which develops the knowledge objectives for teaching pharmacology to students in medical schools in the United States and Canada and is still used today; member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Pharmacology Test Committee, 1988-92. Welcome Professors Committee, 1976, 93, 94, 95. He was the son of Ernest Amaziah Fisher and Mamie Viola Turner, Startex, S.C. He married Carol B. Brodarick (deceased) on June 5, 1947 and Maryann Hillyer on September 30, 2006. His children by Carol B. Fisher were Candis Loreen Fisher Smith of Houston, Texas; Richard William Fisher of Oklahoma City, OK; Patricia Eileen Fisher Valladares of New Orleans; William Ernest Fisher of Baton Rouge, LA; John Charles Fisher of Baton Rouge, LA ; Elaine Marie Fisher Spurr (Deceased). He had 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He served to the rank of Lt JG in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry/Biology from the University of South Carolina in 1947 and the PhD degree in Pharmacology from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine in 1958. He worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for a few years during his career prior to receiving his Doctorate. Dr. Fisher rose from Instructor to Professor of Pharmacology at The University of Tennessee Medical Units in Memphis ,TN (1958-68) before moving on to become Regents Professor and Chairman of Pharmacology at Tulane University, School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA (1968- 1996). He served as Regents Professor of Pharmacology at Tulane from 1996-99 and became Regents Professor and Chairman, Emeritus in 1999, Department of Pharmacology, Tulane University, School of Medicine. Dr. Fisher has received numerous Awards, some of which are: Purkinje Medal, Czech Medical Society; Who's Who in America, USPHS Research Career Development Award, Distinguished Lectureship established at the Tulane Medical School in his name in 1992, member of Hematology Training Grants Committee at the NIH, President of the Southern Blood Club, Experimental Therapeutics Award, ASPET; Golden Sovereign Award, Univ. Louisville; Distinguished Alumni Award, Univ. Louisville, School of Medicine; Elected to AOA for outstanding teaching, Tulane Univ., School of Medicine. He received the Owl Club Award from the medical students at Tulane for his outstanding teaching. He has taught over 5,000 medical students and trained 64 pre-and postdoctoral fellows during his career at Tulane and the University of Tennessee. He was Visiting Professor/Scientist at Universdad del Nordeste Medical School in Corrientes, Argentina for a month 4 different times in collecting the urine from patients with anemia of hookworm disease on an NIH program for the purification of human erythropoietin and for teaching medical students pharmacxology under the sponsorship of The Pan American Health Organization. Dr. Fisher's hobby is genealogy. He was President of Snipes Family of America for 2 years in the early 1990s and Director of Research for Snipes Family of America for almost 25 years. Dr. Fisher has published 2 books on his research on the Snipes Family. He has also published books on the Fisher, Allison and Turner families He carried out research on erythropoietin (EPO), which is a hormone produced by the kidney and is now used (trade name, Procrit) to treat patients with anemia of end stage kidney disease, the anemia associated with chemotherapeutic agents used for the treatment of HIV infection and cancer. Dr. Fisher carried out work which proved that the kidney was the site of production of erythropoietin and subsequently identified the cells in the kidney which produced EPO. He is the author or co-author of 400 scientific publications and 6 books. He served on the NIH Erythropoietin and Hematology Committees. His career in developing erythropoietin as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of anemia has been described in an article published in the Trailblazer at the University of Louisville Medical School on September 20,2008 and "A Quest for Erythropoietin over Nine Decades" in Annual Reviews in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1998. He is a member of The American Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, American Society of Hematology, The American Society of Nephrology and several other scientific societies. Dr. Fisher's career philosophy was "Creativity and brilliance are very important in science but in order to test one's ideas these qualities must be adequately supplemented by the necessary amount of work at the bench." Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 12 Noon. Visitation will begin at 9:30AM until 11:30AM, when eulogies will begin. Inurnment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published by The New Orleans Advocate from May 7 to May 11, 2016.
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Prayers and best wishes for all the wonderful children of Dr. Fisher.
Susan Bennett
May 23, 2016
Please accept our deepest condolences. Prof. J.W Fisher (Jimmy)was as a father to our familly during our stay and study at Tulane. We had a lot of friendly joyous days together with all Fisher familly and are very grateful We felt absolutely secure and taken the best possible care of.... Spomenka and Vujadin Mujovi from Belgrade, Serbia
Spomenka Mujovi
May 16, 2016
Bill, Michelle and Fisher Family:
Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all today. We're so sorry we were not able to attend. Grandpa was a amazing man and we were very blessed to have known him.
Colette and Phillip Dowden
May 11, 2016
Dr. Fisher was a great mentor and true gentlemen. He gave selflessly to his colleagues, his students and the Department of Pharmacology at Tulane. He will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Camille George
May 11, 2016
Jim was an accomplished researcher and a supportive chairman of Pharmacology. He was a gentleman with boyish enthusiasm. I knew Jim for more than 40 years from my vantage point as a member of the neighboring Physiology Department. I will miss him. May his memory be a blessing to his family, friends, and colleagues.
Norm Kreisman
May 10, 2016
Dr. Fisher was like a father to me. I was best friends with his daughter Lainie growing up. He always made me feel like I was part of the family. I will miss him dearly.
Mary Jane Payne
May 10, 2016
My deepest sympathy to Maryann and the rest of the Fisher family. Jim guided me throughout my career, and gave so much to the Tulane School of Medicine, the Department of Pharmacology and to the field of pharmacology-a true gentleman and scholar! May he rest in peace.
Barbara Beckman
May 10, 2016
I did not know Jim, but know his son Bill. I wanted to express my condolences to the Fisher family during this difficult time. May God bless and comfort you.
Bill McDuff (Destrehan, LA)
May 10, 2016
Jim was a kind and thoughtful man, as well as a great colleague and mentor. I will always cherish his memory.
Lynn Wecker
May 10, 2016
May 9, 2016
We love and miss you, Grandpa.
Deborah Fisher
May 9, 2016
Jim was a leading advocate for the discipline of pharmacology which not only was evident at building a strong department at Tulane, but in his contributions to developing the Pharmacology Knowledge Base through AAMSP and with his stellar research showing the therapeutic potential of erythropoietin.
Palmer Taylor
May 9, 2016
Jim gave me my first faculty position as a young Assistant Professor in 1985. He continued to be a great mentor throughout my career. He saw the best in everyone always providing constructive advice, and emphasizing the importance of teaching, research & service. Jim we miss you.
Craig Clarkson
May 9, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a tremendous inspiration to many of us, and was a very kind man.
Lynn Wecker
May 9, 2016
I am a friend of William's son, Bill, from my days at LSU in Baton Rouge. When I heard the news I thought I ought to find a way to leave a note. I am very sorry about your loss and will keep you all in my prayers.
Tony Frey
May 8, 2016
Jim and I were great colleagues in pharmacology circles. I will miss his friendship.
We changed the face of pharmacology teaching by originating a 200 drug list for students instead of them being responsible for all drugs in the text book. He was a true friend and a great pharmacologist.
I was visiting NO when I saw the obituary Unfortunately I will not be here for the service
Lowell Greenbaum Ph.D
May 8, 2016
James and Carol Fisher at Buckingham Palace 1964
Dickie Fisher
May 7, 2016
A youthful James and Carol Fisher
Rick Fisher
May 7, 2016
Brandon Rush
May 7, 2016
Brandon Rush
May 7, 2016
Brandon Rush
May 7, 2016
Brandon Rush
May 7, 2016
family portrait at English Turn with James Fisher, when we were all younger and skinnier.
Patrice Fisher
May 6, 2016
My mom and dad at English Turn family portrait.
Patrice Fisher
May 6, 2016
My Dad, Dr. James Fisher, at his 80th birthday party, with me, his daughter, Patty. We will miss you.
Patty Fisher
May 6, 2016
My prayers and condolences to the entire Fisher family. Your extended family is vey proud of all James accomplished in his professional career. We love James and have many precious memories. I will remember his ready smile, his zest for life, his tireless work to trace our ancestry, his love of singing and most of all his love of family. Until we meet again James rest in peace.
Brenda Panaccione
May 6, 2016
My deepest condolences to the Fisher family, whom I have personally known for nearly 50 years. when they moved to New Orleans (Algiers), La. Dr. Fisher was a man who stood very "tall" in many respects. His kindness, generosity and guidance over the decades proved to be highlights in my life, having lost my father at age 10. His "fatherly" advice was and still taken to heart, by me, and I will surely miss him. Since he is a WWII Navy veteran, I will just sign off with, "Anchors away, Dr. Fisher"!
Donald Costello
May 6, 2016
To Dad with our deepest and fondest memories . He is gone but not gone from our hearts and will always be us . Our family is in awe with such an outpouring of kindness from those who loved him and from those whose lives he touched . Thank you all for your comments to our family .Dickie Fisher
May 6, 2016
Sorry to hear about your loss Bill. Your dad must have been a blessed man to have such a wonderful family! Keeping you and your family in my prayers!!

God Bless
Wesley Johnson
May 6, 2016
May 5, 2016
Michelle Fisher
May 5, 2016
So sorry for your loss Bill. We will be praying for you and your family. Your fathers obituary is truly amazing. He must have been a remarkable man to know. You and your family were lucky to have him and truly blessed.
God Bless
Barry Cambre, Denise Cambre, Joseph and Jordin Cambre
May 5, 2016
Uncle Jim will forever be in our hearts as a loving and dedicated family man who was passionate about everything he did. He was brilliant, yet humble in his demeanor.... kind and thoughtful to every one he met. I'll never forget his world travel stories, his extensive research in genealogy as well as his infectious smile. And the huge impact he made on the lives of so many medical students and in scientific research through his many years at Tulane will be a legacy that will live on forever. He always made a point to visit us in Florida if he was even remotely close, which was always so appreciated.
I'm so sorry I can't be there for his funeral, but my thoughts are with all of you at this time of loss. -Love from his niece Ellen (Brodarick) Fiss, Tampa, FL (husband Herb and family) ....and my mom Marion Brodarick, his sister-in-law too. ([email protected])
Ellen Fiss
May 5, 2016
We will never forget how wonderful Uncle Jim and Aunt Carol were to us when my wife Marilyn needed emergency exploratory surgery while we were visiting New Orleans in the summer of 1996. We were really blessed to have Jim make sure we got the best surgeon at Tulane. We are sorry for your loss.
We will keep the whole family in prayer.
Tom Morrissy
May 5, 2016
James will be missed by all of the Coble family. He was always good about coming back to the Spartanburg area to reconnect to his relatives for reunions. He loved his family and didn't mind showing it. We loved James and all of you, his family, from a very young age. We loved going to the beach every summer with all of you and watching his home videos. He was very proud of all of you and we love you and pray for you as you go through this difficult time of loss
Lana Turner/Coble
May 5, 2016
Uncle James was so special. My Dad Al Fisher loved him so much as do the rest of the family. Our prayers are with you all
Allison McCrary
May 5, 2016
I am very sorry for your loss. He will be missed.
Gary Brodarick
May 5, 2016
Candis Smith
May 5, 2016
Candis Smith
May 5, 2016
May God be with him and his family. He was loved by everyone and was an instrument to keep contact with the other friends in South Carolina. He loved to go to reunions because he loves to sing. When I was real young we would go to Myrtle Beach fot two weeks every summer with the Turners, Fisher, and Allison families.
He would go to Richmond to look/review the kidneys process and he would come visit and stay with us.
My hope is that that his friends and family understand how much we will miss him.
Joel and Pat Turner
May 4, 2016
Joel Turner
May 4, 2016
Hugs, kisses and comfort for you Candi
Rozanne Ribble
May 4, 2016
Our sincere sympathy to all our related families; Fisher, Turner, Allison, in the loss of a hero who helped to keep us all connected and singing. We were proud of him and he was proud of us and our background. We loved him.
Evelyn Schaper
Columbus N.C..
Evelyn Schaper
May 4, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with you Candis. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Be strong. We're here for you.
Rhonda Strimple
May 4, 2016
Candi, It is so hard to lose a parent. My prayers are with you and God will give you peace. We love you.
Rozanne Ribble
May 4, 2016
To all of our family, regarding James Fisher.He was an outstanding friend, family member, cousin.The whole family thought there was no one like him. We always looked forward to his coming through SC because he would get the family together for a meal and fellowship. When my previous husband worked in New Orleans, I thought we would be moving there so I sought out schools. I landed a job at Westbank Christian School.However, we did not move. We stayed at the home of James and Carol and the three of us had a marvelous time.They took us all around and showed us the sights. What great food did Carol cook!! They were so glad family had come to visit them! They had six children, whom I dearly loved to play with when they were here. Now they are all grown. If you take note of picture #5, I took this in our back yard when they stopped by to see us when we lived in Williamston, SC. James, we will miss you but one day that link will be restored.
Janie Turner Ferrell
May 3, 2016
Bill:
We are sorry for your lose. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Joe Cruseturner
May 3, 2016
Lux mundi est.
Frank Frey
May 3, 2016
All our love for you and your family. Our prayers are with you.
Frank Frey
May 3, 2016
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Don&Jane Carter
May 3, 2016
Candis Smith
May 3, 2016
Candis Smith
May 3, 2016
Candis Smith
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Candis Smith
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Candis Smith
May 3, 2016
I'm sorry for your loss. We love you and your family so much.
Megan Smith
May 3, 2016
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