Freethought Today · May 2017

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

In Memoriam: Mildred Fischer

FFRF Lifetime Member Mildred (Morris) Fischer died on Feb. 2.

She was born in New York City on Nov. 10, 1924, and attended elementary and high school in New York and the College Of The City of N.Y. She met Al Fischer at Theodore Roosevelt High School.

Mildred worked in several publishing houses in Manhattan and was the secretary to the president of Vanguard Press.

She married Al and they moved to Phoenix in 1950. Together they established a newspaper, the South Phoenix Round-up, which they operated for seven years. Mildred was the editor. For the following eight years, they operated Publishers Press.

They sold the printing operation and moved to central Phoenix, where Mildred received bachelor's and master's degrees from Arizona State University.

She taught one semester at Central High School and then worked at the Phoenix Public Library.

After that, she taught English, creative writing and classical mythology at Glendale Community College for 30 years.

As an author, her first book was Arizona Cookbook. She also collaborated with her husband and wrote Mexico's West Coast Beaches, London Theater Today, Arizona Museums and a children's coloring book, Ms. Liberty. She and Al started Golden West Publishers, which specialized in cookbooks and Western nonfiction.

Mildred was president of the Valley Memorial Society.

She and Al traveled extensively throughout Europe, Russia and Mexico.

She is survived by her husband, Al; her sister, Dr. Irene Reiter; three children and their spouses, Linda and Dick Thomas, Lee and Shayne Fischer, Bruce and Bobbi Fischer; and three grandchildren.

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