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Robert Fisler, 1910-2009
Our Nicolas Junior High science teacher (and so much more) has died.



Fisler, Robert Charles 7/6/1910 to 5/10/2009

Bob Fisler a well known educator in Southern California, died after a short illness at the age of 98. A remarkable man, he moved to California where he taught science at Nicholas Junior High School and at the University of Riverside, Pepperdine University of California at Los Angeles for over 20 years.

Prior to coming to California, he led a varied and interesting life. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin. He spent seventeen years in the foreign Service after swimming in the 1928 Olympics.

In 1938 he was working on the Crow Creek Reservation where he met his wife, Dorothy. They traveled together to the Alaskan territory where they both worked with the native population to defend against the possibility of Japanese invasion.

After returning to the lower 48, Bob receiving his master degree from the University of Colorado. He taught at the University of Wisconsin at Riverfalls, prior to going to Burna with the Ford Foundation, taking his family around the world.

Upon their return the family moved to California where they settled in Fullerton and he began his public service to the growing community. He was a founding member and past president of the Youth Science Center, past president and board member of the Child Guidance of Orange County and retired Teacher of North Orange County, past Congressional District Coordinator for AARP, and served on the Advisory Board of Fullerton Senior Citizens, the Public Relations Board of the Gerontology School at CSUF, the Transportation Committee of the Area Agency on Aging, and on the Executive Committee of the Orange County School Board Association.

He was also founding member and president of FISH (Friends in Service of Humanity) of Fullerton and served as Chairman of the City Parks and Recreation Commission.

The Fullerton Chamber of Commerce named him "Mr. Education" for works with the Child Guidance of Orange County. Bob was a Board Member of the Fullerton School District Education Foundation, he served almost 26 years on the Fullerton School Board of Trustees as an active advocate for children and teachers.

As a result on his unselfish commitment to the education community and public service of Fullerton, a new school was named after him in August of 2004.

He is survived by his children, Mary Fisher Aebi, Ann M. Fisher, and James R. Fisler; grandchildren, Caitlyn Fisler, Jaiden Fisler, Branden Fisler, Taylor Fisler and Trenton Fisler.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation be made to the Robert C. Fisler Memorial Fund at the Fullerton School District attention: Becky Silva.

Viewing to be held Wednesday, 5/13, 6-8 p.m. at McAulay & Wallace Mortuary in Fullerton, CA with a Mass Thursday, 5/14, 10 a.m. at St. Julianas Catholic Church in Fullerton, CA.


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Carolyn (Specht) Mabie on July 11, 2009 at 12:23 PM said:

I was his student 1956-57. He made science understandable for me and fun. Mr. Fisler was a wonderful teacher and a true gentleman.

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