“James Fisher of Fisher Scientific Dies at 93” in TribLIVE 


February 12, 2014 - Pittsburgh, PA

Excerpted from an article by John D. Oravecz

James A. Fisher, 93, who helped his father and brothers build Fisher Scientific Co. into the world's leading provider of scientific products to research and clinical laboratories, died in his home on Wednesday from complications resulting from a fall in September. He was surrounded by his family.

Fisher was born on March 15, 1920, in Pittsburgh, the youngest and last surviving of four sons of Chester G. Fisher, who founded Fisher Scientific in 1902. The family-controlled company, sold in 1981 to Allied Corp. for $330 million, is now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. of Waltham, Mass. . . .

The company left a unique cache of art, known as The Fisher Collection, numbering well over 2,000 pieces. James Fisher was instrumental in its donation to the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. Read more.


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