John E. Fish, 58


December 19, 2007

Dr. John Earl "Jef" Fish, a real estate appraiser who later became a chiropractor, died of cancer Saturday at his Queenstown home. He was 58.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Severna Park, Dr. Fish was a 1967 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 from Loyola College.

Dr. Fish owned and operated a successful real estate appraisal firm until 1989, when he decided to make a career change.

"That's when he realized he had a passion for helping others," said his daughter, Dr. Kristin M. Mowry, also a chiropractor, who now owns and operates her father's former practice, the Healing and Wellness Center on Kent Island.

After graduating as a doctor of chiropractic medicine in 1997 from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill., now the National University of Health Sciences, he established his Eastern Shore practice.

"He specialized in techniques for health and wellness and had a tremendous impact on the Eastern Shore community and will be remembered by his patients as a compassionate doctor who listened and truly cared," Dr. Mowry said.

An athlete, Dr. Fish, who ran in several Boston and Baltimore marathons, was also a triathlete who had competed in several events.

At Dr. Fish's request, there will be no services.

Also surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Michele Woodall; a son, Christan B. Fish of Baltimore; his parents, John and Patricia Fish of Severna Park; three brothers, William "Bill" Fish of McDaniel, Thomas "Jerry" Fish of Severna Park and Michael Fish of Crownsville; and two sisters, Patricia Fish of Savannah, Ga., and Karyl Fish of Morrison, Colo.

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