John M. Fisher
March 9, 2009
John M. Fisher, associate professor emeritus of paper and printing science and engineering at Western Michigan University, died March 1 in Kalamazoo. He was 87.
Fisher came to WMU in 1969 and retired in 1986 after 17 years of service to the University. He primarily taught process engineering and instrumentation courses as well as taught and organized summer short courses and seminars for industry professionals.
A registered professional engineer, Fisher wrote numerous research papers and articles. He also served on numerous department, college and university committees and chaired or co-chaired several professional conferences. In addition, he served for nine years as adviser to WMU's student chapter of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.
Fisher received the WMU Paper Technology Foundation's honor award in 1978 and the WMU Alumni Association's Teaching Excellence Award in 1986.
Prior to joining the faculty, he worked for the Mead Corp. for 22 years as a chief mill chemist, quality control supervisor, senior research engineer and senior process control engineer.
Fisher earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University in 1944, a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University in 1947 and a master's degree in business from Western Michigan University in 1975.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 13, in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 504 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo. Memorial contribution information will be available at the service.
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