Obituary of NWHS Archives Benefactor

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Thu May 24 08:56:50 EDT 2018

Thanks for posting this. Stories like this put (and keep) the human element
in railroading.
Charlie Long

On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 2:18 PM, NW Mailing List <nw-mailing-list at>

> 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.
> Gordon Hamilton
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