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Dr. David Henry Fisher
Lafayette, LA 70503
Fisher Early Childhood Development Center
230 Ridge Road
Lafayette, LA 70506
|Update - overview of some of Dave's current activities - provided by Stacy Fisher Brown on January 19, 2019.
He still mows his own grass and can’t stand when his leaves are over the yard, so he may mow the yard every three days, but he stays very active. He still goes to the schools (Fisher Early Childhood Center) at times during the week.
Before he goes to bed every night he sets his coffee pot for the next morning. He wakes the next morning and drinks one cup of coffee and reads the paper from beginning to end.
He is always ready for the next thing to do. He never misses a beat. With seven children and their spouses, 19 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren..... we all keep him very busy whether he goes to lunch with them or goes to the basketball, football or baseball games... he is a die hard fan of the University.
He loves to eat at Chris' poboys by his house, Don's Seafood Hut, or LaPague. He always enjoys any adventure that comes his way. He is amazing! I could go on and on!!!
Stacy Fisher Brown
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WW II veterans involvement - phone conversation with Dr. Fisher on Jan. 22, 2019.
Continued involvement in the WW II veteran opportunities are something which places Dave in demand at the WW II museum in New Orleans. The Commerative Air Force Veterans put on an air show at Lake Ponchartrain each year and Dave is a regular. He is an annual invited guest and available to share information about his combat missions over Japan and other information about the war in the Pacific and WW II.
He and daughter Sharon Fisher O'Neill participated in the Victory in Pacific Tour, March 16-26, 2018. On November 8-10, 2018 he joined other veterans for a visit to Washington, D.C, and the World War II Memorial. Dave has written extensively from the diary he kept during his combat missions over Japan and we hope to have it posted in the near future. Dr. Ed Dugas, Jan. 22, 2019.
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I was born in the small oil field town of Evangeline, Louisiana on December 12, 1925. My mother died at age 33 when I was ten years old and the family moved to Jennings to live with my paternal grandparents. In May, 1943 I graduated from Jennings High School where there was a rich tradition of academics and athletics. I participated in all sports offered by the school - football, basketball and track.
In that era, while there were eleven grades in school, one was allowed to stay an extra year and still be eligible to participate in sports. Most of the players did this in football. During my senior year, the 1942 football season, 15 players stayed over. We lost to Warren Easton High School (New Orleans) in the state championship game by a 6-0 score. The game was played in the old Tulane stadium. Eddie Price, Tulane All-American who later played professionally with the New York Gaints, was a member of their team.
On November, 11 1943, I entered the Army Aviation Cadet Program and did my basic training at Gulfport Field, Mississippi in the early part of 1944. From there I went to radio school at Scott Field, Illinois from April to September of 1944. It included special B-29 radio training.
In October, 1944 I was assigned to a crew in Lincoln, Nebraska and we did our flight training at Clovis, New Mexico
from November, 1944 to March, 1945. From there we went to Kearney, Nebraska to pickup overseas gear and a new B-29. Our overseas departure was made from Mather Field, California on April 13, 1945, the day after President Roosevelt's death. We flew to Guam by way of Hawaii, Kwjaleim and Siapan.
My crew became part of the 20th Air Force 314th Bomb Wind, 39th Bomb Group and the 62nd Bomb Squadron. By war's end, I had flown 22 combat missions over Japan and a few search and rescue missions. As policy dictated, I received the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and a combat ribbon for service in the Pacific. The real significance of the awards was they provided points for early discharge from the service. For me that day was November 22, 1945.
It was too late to start college that Fall, so I played a lot of independent league basketball. Early in the Spring of 1946 I went to Lafayette to meet with the interim football coach, Louis Whitman. I thought I would just go out for track that Spring, but was encouraged to make Spring training. Johnny Cain, former Alabama All-American, who had coached at S.L.I before the war was returning as head coach. I decided to go out for Spring football practice.
As a freshmam, I made the starting team on offense and defense, with 10 other guys who were older than the typical freshman. The 1946 season started real well for me as I was wing back and pass receiver. However, in the second game of the season, I had to undergo surgery for a broken collar bone and was out for the remainder of the season.
I continued to participate in both football and track and lettered in both for four years. I was fortunate to be the leading scorer in Football and Track in 1947 and 1948. In 1949, I played mostly defense in Football. In track I ran the hurdles, sprints, and was a member of the short relay teams. In 1948, an Olympic year, I ran the 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Meet at the University of Minnesota. It was a qualifying meet for the final Olympic trials, but I missed qualifying.
As an S.L.I. student I was active in many students activities - S Club, Blue Key, Student Government Association, Health and Physical Education Majors' Club, and member of a Sigma Pi Alpha Fraternity.
In the Spring of 1950 I was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Football banquet. Although I was drafted by the Baltimore Colts of the National Football League, I accepted an assistant coaching job at Jennings High School.
Shirley Rhodes from Houma, Louisiana and I married on August 5, 1950 and lived in Jennings for the next eight years. I was assistant coach for the first four years and head coach for the last four. During that time, I earned my M.Ed. from L.S. U. in 1957.
In July, 1958, I accepted a position at S.L.I. in the Health and Physical Education Department as a faculty member and Director of Intramurals. Later, I moved to full-time academic duties until I retired from U.S.L. in August, 1974.
Some of my involvements at UL included:
Director of the Southwestern Relays during the mid 1960s;
Coordinator of many athletic competitions for the I.A. & O.A. (Interscholastic Athletic and Oratorical Association);
Member and Chairman of the University Athletic Committee;
Director of Summer Tennis Clinic for community youth;
Director of the Special Olympics in 1973; and
President of the Alumni Association in 1983.
I received my Ph.D. from L.S.U. in January, 1970. The research for my dissertation was conducted with children from Shirley's private kindergarten and investigated the relationships between certain physical skills and the students' ability to perform academically in the first grade.
Moving into the private sector, I became a partner in a corrosion business until 1980 when I sold my interest to a larger company. Since my retirement from U.S.L., I have assisted in the running of our two early childhood development centers.
We have been blessed with seven children, five girls and two boys, 19 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. All of our children attended U.S.L., as well as some of the older grandchildren. The entire family resides either in or near Lafayette and we all get together often.
My allegiance has always been to S.L.I., U.S.L., and U.L. I attend as many of the sporting events - both mens' and womens' - as time will allow. I always followed football, basketball and track closely. As a competitor in college, my Spring involvement in track limited my contact with baseball, which established a pattern. However, beginning in 2000, when the quality of our baseball program resulted in our participation in the College World Series in Omaha, I have followed that program closely, as well as the womens' softball team. I attended the super regional in Columbia, S.C. when we defeated South Carolina to advance to Omaha. Shirley and I followed the team to Omaha also.
We have two adjoining tailgating spots during football season, and our entire family, and whoever else shows up, is involved in that. In short, our lives for many years have revolved around U.L. activities.
|Cross Country, Track & Field - (M&W):|| 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950|
|Football:|| 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949|
|Military Veteran:|| 1943, 1944, 1945|
|University Faculty/Staff (current & former):|| 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975|
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