Helene A. Fisher dies at 64 was fabric artist and teacher

August 06, 1991

Services for Helene A. Fisher, a fabric artist and teacher, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the chapel at Gawler's Funeral Home, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., Washington.

Mrs. Fisher, 64, died Aug. 4 at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore from injuries resulting from a July 4 automobile accident.

Born in New York City, she was reared in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Maryland at College Park and later trained as a tutor for learning-impaired children at the Kingsbury Center.

Mrs. Fisher also did graduate work in medieval history, writing and women's studies.

In the late 1950s, she taught at Bradley Elementary School in Bethesda, and in the 1960s, she ran the volunteer remedial program at Cardozo High School and later taught remedial reading at the Kingsbury Lab School.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Fisher served as an independent consultant and tutor of learning disabled children.

Early in her professional career, she developed an interest in paper and fabric art.

She studied painting with Morris Louis at the Washington Workshop of the Arts and fabric art with Aldeth Spence Christy at the Glen Echo Art Center and with Ron Goodman at the Smithsonian Institution.

Mrs. Fisher, who exhibited her fabric art most recently at the "Family" show at the Suffolk Community College, in Riverhead, N.Y., also had showings at the Touchstone Gallery and Art Barn, in Washington, D.C., the Glen Echo Gallery and the Washington Project for the Arts Open Studio. She participated in seven juried shows in various Eastern states. Mrs. Fisher was a summer artist in Glen Echo in 1986.

She published stories in Lilith magazine and a short story in Matches Struck, an anthology. She also participated in a number of conferences on philosophy in the schools and equality of intellectual opportunity.

Mrs. Fisher served on the board of the American Jewish Historical Society and the National Board of the Council of Jewish Women. She volunteered as a lobbyist for the National Organization for Women and served as a volunteer librarian at the Cooke School in Washington. She also was a docent for children at the Corcoran Gallery.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Joel Fisher of Washington; a son, Frank H. Rich Jr. of New York City; a daughter, Polly A. Rich of Washington; a stepson, John B. Fisher of Havre de Grace; a stepdaughter, Susan F. Sullam of Baltimore; a sister, Frances A. Lewis of Richmond, Va.; and four grandchildren.

The family suggested donations be sent to Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, 1108 16th St. N.W., Washington 20036

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