Donald W. Fisher, 80, business owner, storyteller

April 08, 2003

Donald W. Fisher, a Lutherville business owner, church elder and storyteller, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center of complications from radiation therapy for cancer. He was 80.

Mr. Fisher was born and raised in West Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1939. After working briefly in the paper wholesale industry, Mr. Fisher entered the Army Air Forces in 1943. He attained the rank of corporal.

Leaving the service after World War II, Mr. Fisher went to work for his father at Robins Paper Co. and became part-owner of the West Pratt Street business after his father's death in 1949. He was its president from 1965 until selling the company in 1977.

He then opened Donald Fisher Sales Co., focusing on representing manufacturers. He was president of the company at his death.

He was an elder at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville and a member of the board of the Chapelgate Christian Assembly private school. Church work was his great interest, said his son, Douglas W. Fisher of Hampstead.

Mr. Fisher was an avid storyteller. "We've heard many stories over many years," his son said, describing anecdotes and tidbits about his life and work that peppered his conversations. Douglas Fisher said the family had discovered a tape during the weekend of more stories recorded by his father.

"It's just like him to still be going out telling the stories, after he's gone," his son said.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Chapelgate Presbyterian, 2600 Marriottsville Road.

In addition to his son, Mr. Fisher is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Doris Laughlin of Lutherville; a daughter, Donna L. Fisher of Frederick; two brothers, Robert E. Fisher of Severna Park and Milton C. Fisher of Quarryville, Pa.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

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