H. Benjamin Fisher ’65

H. Benjamin Fisher ’65 died on December 29, 2011, in Fairfax, Virginia.

He was born on September 30, 1943, in Portland, Ore., son of the late Joseph L. Fisher ’35, and prepared for college at Washington-Lee High School. He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin with honors in economics. He was a dean’s list student and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He went on to earn a master’s degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina in 1967 with a Mellon Scholarship, and studied urban planning at the University of London on a Fulbright Scholarship in 1968. He earned a doctorate in urban-regional planning from the University of North Carolina with a Lasker Scholarship in 1971. He retired in 2000 after 30 years at the Ford Foundation and World Bank, having served in India, Indonesia, and Yugoslavia. He also worked for one year at the Brookings Institution. In retirement, he studied conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University. He was the author of three books on urban and regional planning and more than a dozen journal articles. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judith Luke Fisher; two daughters, Jennifer Margaret Fisher and Katherine Grace Fisher; a son, Joseph Nathaniel Fisher; and a brother, James H. Fisher ’79.

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