Frank Fisher

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

Juneau resident Frank Fisher, 59, died June 1, 2003, in his home.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at the Lake Room in the University of Alaska Southeast's Mourant Building.

Fisher was born on Aug. 10, 1943, in New York and served in the 1st Division of the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He worked at UAS delivering the mail for Facilities Services since 1979.

Co-workers said Frank was an avid fly fisherman, but he had many other passions. "He loved to cook and would share his favorite recipes with us," they wrote. "He loved to talk about sports and was a fanatic about Notre Dame football. He was also a dedicated reader and book collector. He read everything from science fiction to the classics. His favorite author was science fiction writer, Tom Godwin. In his will, Frank requested that his book collection, which numbers in the hundreds, with many first editions, be left to the Egan Library at UAS."

"He touched so many lives," said one co-worker. "He'd spend five minutes, twice a day, with just about every department in the university. He left a big hole."

" ... he hated to talk about himself," said his supervisor, Becky Fitzpatrick. "And he didn't do birthdays. One year we sang 'Happy Birthday' to him, and he gave us the cold shoulder for two weeks."

Fitzpatrick said, "One story he did share was about being on the French Riviera on his 21st birthday. He was on military leave, and while the other soldiers visited local saloons, he studied the local architecture and visited art museums. He carried those memories very close to his heart."

Many co-workers remember him as intelligent. One of his fishing partners said, "He knew everything about the flora and fauna of Southeast Alaska. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking and bird hunting."

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