Robert Fleischer, 68

TV news photographer

November 02, 2006

Robert D. Fleischer, a retired television news photographer and former owner of an aerial photography business, died of lung cancer Friday at Kent General Memorial Hospital in Dover, Del. The former Perry Hall resident was 68.

Mr. Fleischer was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1956. He attended the University of Miami in Florida and served in the Navy as a reconnaissance photographer aboard the carrier USS Independence from 1962 to 1965.

Mr. Fleischer was a teenager when he began working with his father, an East Coast racetrack photographer.

He was a news photographer and on-air cameraman at WMAR-TV for 31 years, retiring in the early 1990s.

"Bob was both a mentor and friend to me at WMAR. His two great passions in life were photography and flying," said Lock Winspear, a WMAR photographer and satellite technician. "We used to fly in his plane to Kent Island or Wilmington, Del., just to have lunch."

For a number of years, Mr. Fleischer owned and operated Industrial Photo, counting among his clients construction companies and the Army Corps of Engineers for aerial pictures taken from his Cessna Skyhawk 172.

"He was a good pilot. We flew to Florida, New England, Block Island and the Outer Banks, where we liked to go fishing," said his wife of 21 years, the former Marian Aaron.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Torbert Funeral Chapel in Dover.

Also surviving are three sons, Eric Fleischer and Jan Marc Fleischer, both of Bel Air, and Stanley Fleischer of Towson; a daughter, Ann E. Fleischer of Philadelphia; a stepson, Scott Waldron of Hunt Valley; a stepdaughter, Debbie L. Waldron of Dover; a sister, Betty Jo Iman of Hernando, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. His marriage to the former Danile Lemarie ended in divorce.

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