Tresa Fleisher, health official, dies

She had worked as a health inspector for Harford County

  • Tresa Fleisher
Tresa Fleisher
February 03, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Tresa Fleisher, a retired Harford County Health Department official, died of heart disease Jan. 21 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 93.

Born Tresa Smalbach in New York City, she earned a bachelor's degree in physiology and public health from Hunter College. She later took courses in industrial hygiene and environmental health at the old Catonsville Community College.

She moved to Bel Air in 1946 when her former husband took a job at Edgewood Arsenal.

After raising her family, she began work with the Harford County Health Department in 1965. She was a health inspector and sanitarian, and rose to assistant director of the Bureau of Environmental Health. She retired in 1992.

She also served two terms on the Harford County Human Relations Commission.

"She built a reputation as a demanding but fair inspector who oversaw the food operation of the county's restaurants, nursing homes, day care centers and school cafeterias," said her son, Paul Fleisher of Richmond, Va.

She also reviewed construction plans for school cafeterias and restaurants, among other duties.

Mrs. Fleisher was active in organizations that promoted peace and social justice. She was a past president of the Harford County League of Women Voters and attended county school board and County Council meetings. She also helped lead interracial dialogues in the county during the 1960s.

She was active in the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She supported the work of the American Civil Liberties Union and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 19 at the Unitarian Universalists of Fallston, 1127 Old Fallston Road.

In addition to her son, survivors include two other sons, Daniel Fleisher of Baltimore and M. Meenakshisundaram of Imperial, Calif.; and two grandsons. Her marriage to Joseph Fleisher ended in divorce.

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