Max and Marjorie Fisher: A Couple that Gave

Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

American businessman and philanthropist Max Fisher was a well-known supporter of many causes, especially in the Detroit area. He was married for 52 years to Marjorie, who hailed originally from Louisville, Kentucky.

The couple met after Marjorie moved to Detroit from Louisville in 1953. They married one year after their first date. She was admired for her Southern charm, impeccable taste in fashion, not to mention good looks. But that did not stop her from keeping her priorities straight.

“You are here to help others,” was her constant refrain to her children and grandchildren. “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.”

The couple created the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. Today it is the second largest such foundation in the state of Michigan. The Fishers were supporters of the $60 million Max M. Fisher Music Center, the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also helped expand the Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. From 1965-1967 Fisher was the National Chairman of the United Jewish Appeal. He was the president of the Council of Jewish Federations from 1969-1972, and he was also the chairman of the United Israel Appeal, Inc., from 1968-1971. From 1959 until 1964 he was also the president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

The couple had two children together, and 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Max passed away in March, 2005, and Marjorie in June, 2016.

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