Robert H. Fisher, 84, partner in paper company

October 15, 2003

Robert H. Fisher, a retired partner in a paper products distribution company and World War II veteran, died of complications from heart surgery Friday at Washington Hospital Center. The Severna Park resident was 84.

Mr. Fisher was born in Baltimore and raised on Mount Holly Street. He was 1937 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served as an Army sergeant assigned to mine harbor approaches at New London, Conn., and Fort Monroe, Va.

After the war, he joined Robins Paper Co., a product distributor for paper mills, which his father co-owned. Until closing in the mid-1980s, the business was in a historic cast-iron building at 310 W. Pratt St., now the Marsh & McLennan Building. Mr. Fisher was vice president and treasurer at his 1976 retirement.

He was a founding member and trustee of Severna Park United Methodist Church. Earlier, he had been a longtime member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis.

Mr. Fisher enjoyed sailing and power boating, and was an avid fisherman and square dancer.

"He loved traveling and had visited all 50 states - except Hawaii - in his RV. He also made extended tours of Mexico and Canada," said his son, the Rev. Ronald S. Fisher, rector of Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster.

Mr. Fisher was married for 37 years to the former Harriet Silcox, who died in 1978.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Severna Park United Methodist, 731 Benfield Road.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Anna C. Dorn; a daughter, Nancy V. Slaterbeck of Towson; two stepdaughters, Cynthia Dorn of Asheville, N.C., and Nancy Dorn of Glen Burnie: a brother, Dr. Milton C. Fisher of Quarryville, Pa.; and four grandchildren.

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