Marjorie Fisher passed away Saturday morning March 14, 2015 in Carmel surrounded by family and caregivers.
Marjorie was born November 10, 1920 in Barcelona, Spain to American engineer George H.B. Fisher and language teacher Marjorie Alice Wheeler Fisher. As a baby she moved to White River Junction, VT. December 1921 her sister Eleanor was born. Soon the young family moved to Toronto, Canada. There Marjorie attended school, eventually graduating from a secondary school called Havergal College. From there she went to Mount Holyoke College, her mother's alma mater in Massachusetts graduating in 1942 with a B.A. in Economics.
Mount Holyoke College was always important to Marjorie. In 1949 she was executive secretary for the Mount Holyoke Institute on the United Nations. She served as president of a Mount Holyoke College club and was appointed alumna trustee in 1962. Her generosity included endowing an environmental studies professorship. In 1987 the Alumnae Association recognized Marjorie's pioneering career with its Medal of Honor. After her 1942 graduation she was hired to write business reviews for Dun and Bradstreet.
From 1945 to 1949 Marjorie served as assistant field director for the American Red Cross in battle areas in the Philippines. After WWII her ARC service was in Japan and then in a Massachusetts veteran's hospital.
On returning to her financial career, in 1950 she moved to California as a security analyst for Capitol Research Company. She was the only woman analyst. In 1959 she was named a vice-president. Her election as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Security Analysts- the first woman in the nation to lead a group of investment professionals- made headlines in 1961. A New York Times piece was titled "Woman Heads Unit of Stock Experts." Typical of the time, the article opened by describing Marjorie as a "bright-eyed, vivacious woman who wears hot pink suits with the flair of a Chanel model".
Marjorie enjoyed extensive world travel even to North Africa, Nepal, Siberia, New Zealand and Antarctica twice. In retirement she continued her travels and relocated her home to Carmel. She eagerly embraced new interests and volunteer activities such as Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. She gave tours and contributed to restorations at the Big Sur Light Station. Marjorie was also a needlepoint creator so it was natural she joined the Embroiderers Guild. Her social life also included bridge- playing friends who were impressed by her expertise.
In retirement Marjorie also advocated for her disabled sister. Marjorie was predeceased by her sister Eleanor F. Wilson.
Marjorie was the generous and beloved Aunt Peggs for three generations of nieces and nephews- about two dozen. She paid for education and put fifteen through college and, for some, graduate school. Her four oldest nieces and nephew are Nancy Kobayashi (Japan), Harriet (Betsy) Wilson Werner (Gilroy) Marjorie Wilson Richards (Florida) and George Alexander Wilson (Vermont).
A celebration of Marjorie's life will be held at 1pm Saturday March 28, 2015 at her church, Community Church of the Monterey Peninsula, 4590 Carmel Valley Road 93923. Donations in her memory can be made to her church, CCMP P.O. Box 222811, Carmel CA 93922 or the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers @ P.O. Box 223014, Carmel Ca, 93922