On Monday evening, April 27th, 2020, Ruth Laird Fisher peacefully departed this world to reunite with her late husband, Dale John Fisher, on their 63rd wedding anniversary. She will be remembered for her incredible sense of humor, her wit, and her enduring strength and resilience. Being a devotee to the arts and culture, Ruth loved traveling to New York City to experience many cultural events, as well as being a routine visitor to the local museums and theaters in the Baltimore / Washington area. As a lifelong learner, Ruth was happiest while traveling, socializing, cooking, entertaining friends, and creating community.
Ruth was born in Felton, PA, on May 23rd, 1933 – an only child to Mary Catherine Laird and George Densmore Laird. She is survived by her daughter, Shelley Fisher Wojcik, and her son in law, Brian Keith Wojcik. Upon graduating from Dallastown High School, she moved to Baltimore, MD as a student of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, earning a Teacher’s Certificate with a major in piano in 1953. After teaching at the Peabody Preparatory school for several years, she moved to Oak Ridge, TN in 1955 as a faculty member of the Oak Ridge School of Music, later serving as their Director. She met Dale in 1956, and they married in 1957. Highlights of her career in Oak Ridge include serving on the Board of Directors and as the Musical Director for the Oak Ridge Playhouse for many years. Additionally, Ruth taught private piano lessons to an extensive student roster, and, was an extremely active member of the Oak Ridge Community Arts Center, Oak Ridge Arts Council, Oak Ridge Festival, and the Oak Ridge Civil Music Association. She was appointed to the Governor’s Commission for the Performing Arts in TN in 1965. Ruth and Dale moved to Gainesville, FL in 1973, and then chose to move to Columbia, MD in 1976, inspired by James Rouse’s vision for a new community. Being back in the Baltimore area gave Ruth the opportunity to become actively involved with the Peabody Alumni association, enthusiastically serving as their President for several years. Throughout her life, she served as an organist and choir director for numerous churches, and, thoroughly enjoyed accompanying various contemporary vocal soloists. Ruth’s piano lessons to private students continued for more than 50 years.
A celebration of life took place online via Virtual Memorial Gatherings on Tuesday, May 12th at 6 PM EDT.
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