MARJORIE FISHER Obituary (2021) – Alexandria, DC

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FISHER Marjorie H. Fisher (age 93) passed away peacefully on October 2, 2021 at her home in Falls Church, Virginia, with her family nearby. The daughter of the late Max M. and Tilda (Schiffer) Hirtenstein, Marjorie was born in New York City in 1927. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1948 with a BA in English, Marjorie worked for three years at WOR radio station in New York City. She moved to Arlington, Virginia in 1952 when her husband, then an Army doctor, was assigned to the Pentagon. In Northern Virginia, Marjorie was doing community service. A dedicated animal rights activist, she has volunteered for the Humane Society of Fairfax County, Virginia, where she rescued abused pets, brought animals to loving homes, and personally adopted numerous rescued dogs and cats. She helped investigate animal cruelty cases and prepared evidence for criminal prosecution of animal cruelers. In order to raise funds for the Humane Society, Marjorie founded and managed a thrift store in Falls Church, The Orange Crate, which became a long-term institution in the community. During her years of service with the Humane Society, Marjorie was the organization’s treasurer and president. Marjorie also volunteered for Arlington County VA. Medical Society Auxiliary and was president of that organization. After earning her real estate license in the early 1970s, Marjorie embarked on a three-year career as a real estate seller before pursuing her passion for the arts. She volunteered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which recently honored her 40 years of service. She also volunteered at the National Gallery of Art for 22 years and was a course tutor at the Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Associate for 11 years. Marjorie also directed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for 34 years, where she worked at the Concert Hall, the Opera House and the Eisenhower Theater. Among her many creative endeavors, Marjorie loved hanging out with a group of friends called The Stitchers. These talented artists enjoyed making exquisite handmade quilts. For the past 10 years, Marjorie has lived at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, an independent community in Falls Church, where she served on some of the community’s resident committees, enjoyed a variety of educational and cultural opportunities, and made many deep friendships. Marjorie had preceded her 35-year-old husband Gerald in death. J. Fisher, MD, and her brother Howard Hirt of Newtonville, Massachusetts. She is owned by her daughters, Donna S. Fisher of Allentown, PA, and Claire (Fisher) Stock, and son-in-law Robert. survived Stock and her beloved granddaughter Caroline Stock from Great Falls, VA. Marjorie will be buried on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the King David Memorial Gardens in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Virginia. During her years of service with the Humane Society, Marjorie served as the organization’s treasurer and president. Marjorie also volunteered for Arlington County VA. Medical Society Auxiliary and was president of that organization. After earning her real estate license in the early 1970s, Marjorie embarked on a three-year career as a real estate seller before pursuing her passion for the arts. She volunteered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, which recently honored her 40 years of service. She also volunteered at the National Gallery of Art for 22 years and was a course tutor at the Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Associate for 11 years. Marjorie also directed the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC for 34 years, where she worked at the Concert Hall, the Opera House and the Eisenhower Theater. Among her many creative endeavors, Marjorie loved hanging out with a group of friends called The Stitchers. These talented artists enjoyed making exquisite handmade quilts. For the past 10 years, Marjorie has lived at Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, an independent community in Falls Church, where she served on some of the community’s resident committees, enjoyed a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities, and made many deep friendships. Marjorie had preceded her 35-year-old husband Gerald in death. J. Fisher, MD, and her brother Howard Hirt of Newtonville, Massachusetts. She is owned by her daughters, Donna S. Fisher of Allentown, PA, and Claire (Fisher) Stock, and son-in-law Robert. survived Stock and her beloved granddaughter Caroline Stock from Great Falls, VA. Marjorie will be buried on Friday, October 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. in the King David Memorial Gardens in National Memorial Park, Falls Church, Virginia

Published by The Washington Post on October 6, 2021.


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