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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 28, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The UL Lafayette Alumni Association will honor Dr. David Fisher, Sr. as its 2012 Spring Gala honoree. The celebration will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the grounds of the UL Lafayette Alumni Center. Fisher will be honored for his dedication and faithful support of the university and the Acadiana community.

A 1950 graduate of UL Lafayette, Fisher is the first Spring Gala honoree to collectively be awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award (1950); the Outstanding Alumni Award (1980); to be inducted into the UL Lafayette Athletic Hall of Fame (1950); and is a UL Lafayette Alumni Association past president (1982 – 83).

He was born in 1925 in Evangeline, LA, and attended Jennings High School. He participated in football, basketball, and track. After graduation, he entered the Army Aviation Cadet Program then received special B-29 radio training before embarking on an overseas tour of duty in Japan.

Fisher flew 22 combat missions and was honorably discharged in November 1945 – receiving the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and a combat ribbon for service in the Pacific.

He enrolled at Southwestern Louisiana Institute in the spring of 1946 under the G.I. Bill and on an athletic scholarship. While attending SLI, Fisher participated in varsity football, track, Interfraternity Council (Sigma Pi Alpha), and served as president of the Varsity “S” Club.

Upon receiving his degree, he coached at Jennings High School from 1950 – 1958. He accepted a position in the Men’s Physical Education Department at SLI in 1958 where he worked until retiring in 1974.

Prior to UL Lafayette having a formal alumni director and organization, Fisher represented the university along with other alumni faculty members at regional gatherings of former and prospective students.

He has been heavily involved in the development and administration of Fisher’s Early Childhood Development Center since it opened in 1961. He married Shirley Rhodes of Houma (’46) in 1950. They have seven children – Susan, Sharon, Sandra, David Jr., Shelly, Lindsey, and Stacy – all of whom attended USL. They have 19 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren, some of whom attend UL Lafayette.

The Spring Gala is the Alumni Association’s only annual fund raising event. Tickets are $200 per couple or $100 per individual. Sponsor tables are available for $5,000; patron tables are $2,000. Proceeds from the celebration are dedicated to maintaining and improving the Alumni Center.

The evening will consist of fine food and entertainment in an elegant setting. Also, as is traditional, both silent and live auctions will be held during the event offering a variety of items, ranging from original art to travel packages to Ragin’ Cajun merchandise. Jim Slatten, president-elect of the Alumni Association, serves as the 2012 Spring Gala chairperson and Donna Mellington is the auction chairperson.

To purchase tickets, donate auction items or to become a patron or sponsor, call (337) 482-0900 or visit www.LOUISIANAalumni.org/spring_gala.

Document last revised Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:44 PM

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