Ethel V. Fishel, 83

Teacher trained hundreds of nurses

January 23, 2007

Ethel V. Fishel, a retired nursing teacher, died of pneumonia Jan. 16 at Stella Maris hospice in Timonium. The Towson resident was 83.

Born Ethel Virginia Schaake in Baltimore and raised near Clifton Park, she graduated from Eastern High School in 1939, several months before her 15th birthday. She earned her undergraduate degree from Hood College and had a master of science in nursing from Yale University, which she attended under a military-sponsored program to ensure there would be nurses available at the end of World War II.

Until her retirement in the early 1960s, Mrs. Fishel was a nursing arts instructor at Maryland General Hospital, where she trained hundreds of Baltimore-area nurses and wrote a nursing arts instruction manual that was used by other instructors, family members said.

Mrs. Fishel enjoyed traveling and gardening, and was a member of the Garden Club of Maryland.

Her husband of 49 years, C. Edgar Fishel Jr., an Arundel Corp. executive, died in 1997.

Services were Friday.

Survivors include a son, Barry Lee Fishel of Timonium; a daughter, Sandra Fishel Haines of Reisterstown; and three grandchildren.

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