Richard E. Fisher, 76, chairman of firm's board

April 30, 2003

Richard E. Fisher, a founder and former chairman of the board of Performance Inc., a Baltimore business forms distributorship, died of congestive heart failure Friday at Dorchester General Hospital. He was 76 and lived in Cambridge.

Mr. Fisher was born and raised in Hampden and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1945. He enlisted as an aviation cadet in 1944 in the Army Air Forces and was discharged in 1946. He later attended the University of Baltimore and the Johns Hopkins University.

In the early 1950s, he was credit manager for Hamburger's department stores, and later was office manager for National Plastics.

Mr. Fisher joined D.N. Owens & Co., a Baltimore business forms company, in 1959, where he was sales manager for 14 years. In 1973, he helped establish and later served as chairman of the board of Performance Inc. He retired in 1992.

He was a former president of the National Business Forms Association, now the Document Management Industry Association.

The former Federal Hill resident had lived in Cambridge since 1994.

He held a captain's ticket and delivered yachts to owners in the Bahamas and Gulf of Mexico.

Also, during the 1980s, he operated KingFisher Charters Inc., a deep-sea charter boat business, from Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

His business took its name from the KingFisher, his 33-foot Egg Harbor fishing boat.

"His hobby was fishing the Chesapeake Bay and deep fishing in the Atlantic," said his son, Richard E. Fisher Jr. of Myersville.

Mr. Fisher had been a director of the Maryland Yacht Club, an instructor and lieutenant of the Patapsco River Power Squadron and a flotilla commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a member of the Cambridge Yacht Club and Cambridge Power Squadron.

He was a member of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, Linthicum, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 10.

In addition to his son, Mr. Fisher is survived by three daughters, Barbara A. Kaduk of Abingdon, Beth Gustaitus of Westminster and Leslie L. Marquez of Clovis, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson. Another son, Eugene W. Fisher, died in 1992.

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