In Memoriam: Louis "Lou" Fischer, faculty member and former acting Dean of the UMass College of Education

Louis Fischer, 91, died on July 29, 2015, after a short illness. He was born in 1924 near the Czech-Hungarian border to Hungarian Jewish parents. In 1939, Lou, his two older brothers, and his mother fled Hungary and moved to Lorain, Ohio, where he completed a K-12 American education in two years.

After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in Papua, New Guinea and participated in the landing in the Philippines, where he was wounded and spent 11 months recovering.

Fischer attended Ohio State University and then Stanford University for law school, where he met Barbara Bree, his wife of 63 years. He practiced law in Monterey, Calif., and went on to earn a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. He was professor of education at the University of California, Northridge, and served as president of the John Dewey Society. He taught at the UMass Amherst College of Education and served as its acting dean. He was assistant to the Chancellor for several years.

Fischer’s scholarship focused on the rights of teachers, students, parents, and counselors, and he co-wrote numerous books, including "Teachers and the Law," which is currently in its ninth edition.

After retiring from UMass Amherst, he served as a consultant for Georgetown University’s Street Law Project and U.S.A.I.D., designing and conducting workshops on democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Eastern Europe and newly independent Soviet States.

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