Marjorie Fisher, Widow of Max, Dies At 92
June 13th, 2016, 7:53 AM
Marjorie S. Fisher, the widow of Max M. Fisher, died Sunday in her sleep in Palm Beach, Fla., WDIV reports. She was 92.
Fisher was the founder of the Fisher Foundation in Detroit. She is survived by five children and 37 grandchildren and great grandchildren, WDIV reports.
A bio on the Fisher Foundation website said this:
From their first date at the London Chop House in Detroit, Marjorie and Max were partners in life, love, family and philanthropy. Married for 52 years, Marjorie was a quiet partner in the family's giving. She would often encourage Max in critical moments of decision saying 'We have to give more.'
Born November 5, 1923 in Louisville, Kentucky, Marjorie Switow Fisher has spent her life nurturing her family and teaching the growing generations, in her words . . . "You are here for a reason - to help other people. Everything in life is based on love and what you can do to help others. The rest is just cream - sometimes sour cream - but it's all cream."
After Max's death in 2005 and the creation of the permanent endowment to fuel the Foundation, Marjorie assumed the role of Founding Chair.
For nearly six years she led quietly while her five children crafted the organization's values, vision, mission and initial grant partnerships. During her tenure as Chair, the Foundation committed more than $70 million in grants with nearly 50 partners on three continents and became recognized within the philanthropic sector as an effective family foundation with heart.
Mayor Mike Duggan issued a statement:
"Marjorie Fisher was the embodiment of philanthropy, giving millions of dollars to help her fellow metro Detroiters. Her generosity has helped provide summer jobs and life-changing experiences to our city's young people through our Grow Detroit's Young Talent program. Marjorie helped keep the music going at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and was a tremendous partner in efforts to revitalize the city's Brightmoor neighborhood. Detroit is a better place because of her kindness and generosity."