National Geographic : 1953 Nov
FRANKLIN L. FISHER 1885-1953 T THE Board of Trustees, the Officers, the entire staff of the National Geographic So ciety, and a host of friends across the Nation, the sudden passing of Franklin L. Fisher brings a deep sense of loss. Mr. Fisher, Illustrations Editor of the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE since 1915 and Life Trus tee of The Society since 1945, suffered a fatal heart attack in Los Angeles on August 11, 1953. He is survived by his widow, Ami D. Fisher. Mr. Fisher had gone to Los Angeles to receive the La Belle Award on behalf of the National Geographic Society. The Society and the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE had been chosen for this honor by a com mittee of the Photographic Society of America for outstanding contributions to the develop ment of color photography in magazine illus tration. Fittingly he represented The Society, for his energy, resourcefulness, and vision had contributed greatly to the pre-eminence of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC in this field. A native of Horseheads, New York, Mr. Fisher began his professional career in 1907 in New York City, where for three years he engaged in supplying news and feature photo graphs to newspapers and magazines. Coming to Washington in 1910, he headed the Harris & Ewing Photographic News Service, which he managed until his appointment in 1915 to the staff of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. Always a pioneer in color photography, The Magazine had presented its first color series five years earlier, in 1910. Working closely with Dr. Gilbert Grosve nor, the Editor, and with Dr. John Oliver La Gorce, Associate Editor, Mr. Fisher built around him an outstanding corps of skilled photographers and illustrators. The NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC for many years was the only magazine to photograph systematically in color and to date has presented 17,812 natural-color photographs and paintings today 64 or 72 pages of color in each issue. During Mr. Fisher's tenure, The Magazine achieved a notable series of photographic "firsts." Also with the unremitting efforts of the able staff working under his direction, The Society's library of photographs has grown to a matchless collection representative of peoples, places, natural history, and inter esting areas throughout the world for future use in The Society's publications. Franklin Fisher had a zest for life and for friendship. He was a constant and discrimi nating reader, well informed and scholarly. With a fine sense of humor, understanding and sympathetic, he was a source of sound advice and encouragement to his friends in many walks of life. The world was brighter for his work and personality.