Tuesday, May 26, 2009
The University of West Georgia announces the creation of the Marion L. Fisher Award, established by Carrollton resident Douglass M. Fisher to honor and remember her husband, Marion L. Fisher, who died in January. The Fishers discussed the idea shortly before Marion’s death in order to support rising juniors and seniors majoring in English.
“Marion loved West Georgia and that’s the main reason he decided to set up this scholarship,” Douglass Fisher said. “He also hoped that it would convince others to give as well.”
Marion Fisher was born in Rome in 1916 and was a member of West Georgia’s first class in 1933, when it was still a two-year institution. He went on to graduate from the University of Georgia in 1937 with a bachelor’s degree in commerce and continued his education at Harvard Business School. Fisher enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served in the Pacific Fleet, and survived an attack by a Kamikaze plane. He received several military awards, including the Unit Commendation Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.
Fisher was active in local education, civic organizations and First United Methodist Church, where he served on the board and was a member of the Men’s Bible Class. He also served on the Carrollton Board of Education, where he chaired for a period. He was a charter member of Sunset Hills Country Club, a lifetime member of the American Legion, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an organizing member of Friends of McIntosh Reserve.
“Marion loved coming to events on campus, especially reunions,” said Douglass Fisher. “This scholarship is a way that he can continue to make an impact on the university, particularly through helping its students.”
In addition to majoring in English, applicants for the award must have a minimum 2.5 grade-point average and demonstrate superior writing ability. Preference will be given to students concentrating in American literature. For more information on the Marion L. Fisher Award, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.