Albert R. Fischer, 73, Sun sports reporter, copy editor

May 31, 2006

Albert R. Fischer, a retired sports reporter and copy editor whose career with The Sun spanned more than three decades, died of lung cancer Saturday at the Georgia War Veterans Home in Milledgeville, Ga. The former Catonsville resident was 73.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Fischer moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., with his family in 1937.

They subsequently returned, and he graduated from McDonogh School in 1950.

Mr. Fischer enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served in Korea as a news reporter.

He was wounded by shrapnel and awarded the Purple Heart, family members said.

After leaving the Army in 1954, he returned to Baltimore and was hired by the old A.S. Abell Co., publishers of The Sun and The Evening Sun, as a payroll clerk.

A year later, he became a sports reporter for The Sun.

"He was a hockey fan, and he covered the old Baltimore Clippers as well as lacrosse and the Orioles," said a son, Lyle Fischer of Warner Robins, Ga.

"Everybody liked Al," said Bob Maisel, a retired Sun sports editor.

At his 1989 retirement, Mr. Fischer was a sports copy editor.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and since 2000 had lived in Milledgeville.

"He enjoyed reading and attending and watching sporting events," his son said.

Services are private.

Also surviving are another son, Charles W. Fischer of Tampa, Fla.; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson. His wife of 26 years, the former Mary A. Williams, died in 1984.

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