Obituary of NWHS Archives Benefactor
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Wed May 23 14:18:10 EDT 2018
The Sunday, May 20, 2018, issue of the Roanoke Times newspaper carried
the obituary of Charlean Fisher, 83. Although few may recognize her or
remember her late husband, Thomas Fisher, each played a role in the NWHS
archives collection. Her husband had worked in the N&W Engineering
Department, and he contributed a number of photographs of signal
construction on the Norfolk Division. His wife contributed the
Bluefield, WV, passenger station arrival and departure board that hangs
in the archives today. She once told us that she enjoyed the time that
she and her husband spent in Bluefield earlier in his career, so she
related that when passenger service was discontinued through Bluefield
she called Bob Claytor, then Exec. VP N&W I believe, and apparently had
enough "pull" that the requested board was delivered to her house in
Roanoke by N&W personnel. Later she donated it to the archives.
As an aside, Thomas Fisher was the brother to the late Hugh Fisher, who
married my cousin Catherine Blair Fisher.
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