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David W. Fish, longtime superintendent of Akron schools

Nov. 11, 1928 – Sept. 9, 2016

David W. Fish of Akron, longtime superintendent of the Akron Central School District, died Friday in Sisters Hospital in Buffalo after a short illness. He was 87.

Born in Poughkeepsie, Mr. Fish graduated from Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park in 1945. He studied at Cornell University for two years before transferring to the University of California-Davis, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950.

Mr. Fish returned to Cornell for his master’s degree in education and earned a doctorate in education at Syracuse University.

He served in the Air Force from 1952 to 1954.

Mr. Fish taught at Vocational Agriculture and Science High School in Minoa and at Middleport High School.

He also was director of guidance and a vice principal in the DeRuyter Central School District. For six years he served as superintendent of the West Leyden Central School District before moving to Akron, where he became superintendent in 1969. He retired 22 years later.

A member of the Erie County School Board and American Association of Administrators, Mr. Fish was honored as one of the top 100 school administrators in the country.

He was a member of the Akron Historical Society, Western New York Torch Club and American Legion Post 900. Mr. Fish visited all seven continents. He also enjoyed skiing and reading.

Mr. Fish was the proud second owner of a Ford Model T that he purchased in 1945 for $25, his family said.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Beverly Shuler; and three daughters, Margaret Thayer, Marilyn and Marcia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 5771 Buell St., Akron.

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