Frederic Irwin Fisher

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Frederic Irwin Fisher passed away on September 20th, having spent most of his 83 years in Denton, Texas.

Born in Chicago in 1930, Fred followed in the footsteps of his father, Irwin Fischer, and studied music. He received his Bachelor's degree at Northwestern University, and went on to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester for graduate studies. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Fred returned to Eastman for his Doctoral degree. There Fred had the good fortune to meet his wife, Judy Hummel, who was also a graduate student at Eastman. Shortly after their wedding in 1958, and serving as a fine honeymoon, the couple spent a year in Paris, where Fred studied with Nadia Boulanger on a Fulbright grant.

In 1959, Fred was offered a job at Oklahoma State University where he taught piano, performed dual-piano recitals with Judy, and started a family. In 1968 Fred sought a teaching position at what is now the University of North Texas.

During his years at UNT, Fred taught many students of piano, published numerous articles, and played some memorable recitals, including performances of Charles Ives' Concord Sonata. In retirement, he entertained himself with a passion for model trains and desktop publishing, though Fred never fully retired from music. He served as the organist for Denton's First Church of Christ, Scientist, and in his later years, Fred rekindled an interest in music composition, self-publishing works for both piano and organ.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Judith H. Fisher, daughter and son-in-law, Claire and Doug English, grandchildren, Rachel and Blake English, and son, Alan J. Fisher, and his son's fiancee, Susan Armstrong, all of Austin, Texas, as well as his brother, Alan R. Fisher, of Dearborn, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation.


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