Kurt Walter Fischer

Born: Wed., Jun. 9, 1943
Died: Mon., Mar. 30, 2020


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FISCHER, Kurt Walter of Jamaica Plain, formerly of Belmont,  entered into rest on Monday, March 30, 2020 in the Rogerson House  in Jamaica Plain. Kurt was 76 years old.  He was  born in Baltimore, Maryland and lived in Belmont for over 30 years before transitioning to Jamaica Plain.  He was retired from Harvard University as a Professor/Educator.  Beloved husband of Jane Terry Haltiwanger Fischer.  Dear and devoted father of Seth Alexander Pipp Fischer of Los Angeles, Johanna Karel Spruill Fischer of Seattle, WA, Lukas Karl Fischer of MA and Kara Elsa Love Fischer of Belmont.  Brother of Eric Fischer of Bethesda, MD. Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic a private service and burial will be held for the immediate family.  A public service for Kurt will be at a later date to be announced.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Kurt’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association,  309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452  would be sincerely appreciated. swdfuneralhome.com

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Sarah Gant
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
I am a doctoral student at University of North Florida and earned my Ed. M. at HGSE in 1994. I never studied under Dr. Fischer but I currently research adolescent brain development and spent my teaching career working with middle school students. I am heartbroken to learn of his passing and wish his family, colleagues and students peace and love. The world is a better place for the work and research of Dr. Kurt Fischer.

Fred Morrison
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
Kurt and I were graduate students together; he was on year ahead of me. We all looked up to Kurt as the visionary, big-picture scientist we all aspired to become. He continued that leadership throughout his career. Many years ago, he saw the potential of a bold integration between Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience and Education, which has continued to this day. He was a wonderful colleague and a generous human being.

Rosalie Fink
   Posted Sun April 05, 2020
Not only was Kurt a warm and supportive mentor to me at Harvard, but he also helped me develop and publicize my work on literacy and successful dyslexics for many years afterward. I will always be grateful to Kurt! My sincere condolences to Jane and the whole family.
Fondly,
Rosalie Fink

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