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6/19/07-Tyler

Dr. Ben Fisch Dies At 82

It was at Congregation Beth El that Dr. Ben Fisch went to worship week after week.

Rabbi Neal Katz says, "Every time Ben came to temple, he always sat in the same seat."

Always willing to give of his time, Dr. Fisch served as the congregation president during the early 70's. Years later, he established a private foundation that gave significant amounts of money anonymously to countless East Texas charities.  His humility is highly respected in the Jewish tradition.

"I think Ben embodied the truly altruistic person. He was a quiet hero.  Many people in Tyler have benefitted from him in ways they don't even know about," says Katz.

There was one exception to his anonymity;  The Maytee Fisch Convocation Center at UT Tyler.  It's a project Dr. Fisch and his wife started together, but Maytee passed away before it could be finished.

University President Dr. Rodney Mabry says, "That was really the only reason that Dr. Fisch allowed us to name the facility for them.  He wanted us to put Maytee's name on it.  Otherwise, it would have been an anonymous donation like most of his others."

The two were married for 56 years, and Dr. Mabry says they had the kind of marriage others should emulate.

"It was very difficult for Ben after she died, because they did work together as a team in so many ways," says Mabry.

Yesterday, at the age of 82, Ben Fisch died of natural causes leaving a void in the community, and an empty chair in the temple he loved.

Funeral Services will be held at 10am on Thursday, June 21, 2007 at the Lloyd James Funeral Chapel in Tyler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either of the following organizations.

Hospice of East Texas
4111 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75701

UT Tyler Scholarship Fund
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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