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July 3, 1885 - March 30, 1948

Inducted into the

Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in1985

Seven students founded Sigma Delta Chi, later to become The Society of Professional Journalists, at DePauw in 1909.  Three of those founders were Psi Phi Dekes, Charles Fisher, Eugene Pulliam, and Gilbert Clippinger

Charles Fisher was born July 3, 1885, in Huntington, Indiana. After graduating from Huntington High School, he came to DePauw where he worked on the staff of the DePauw Daily, managed the baseball team and served as assistant in the history department. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, as was his son, Joe Fisher '35. His 1910 senior yearbook, in an apparent reversal of the facts, describes him as "kinda consumptive and undersized." After graduation from DePauw, he went on to earn a master's degree from Columbia University in 1917 and a doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1930.

His first job after graduating from DePauw was as a reporter for the Kansas City Star. He then became a teacher of history at Lafayette High School before becoming principal at Huntington High School in 1911, principal of Warsaw High School in 1912, principal of Benton Harbor High School in 1914 and, finally, principal of Kalamazoo (Michigan) High School in 1919.

He was appointed assistant director of the University of Michigan Extension Division in 1926, moving to the position of director of that division in 1937. Fisher was a Mason, a member of the Methodist church and a Kiwanian. He also held memberships in the National Education Association for Adult Education and the American Sociological Society.

He held the office of president of the National University Extension Association from 1944-1945. He was a 1947 delegate to the Jurisdictional Conference of the Methodist Church, and he also served for four years on the Ann Arbor, Michigan, Board of Education.

He died on March 30, 1948.



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