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FISHER, Dr. Marilyn Margaret, Ph.D. (Coultous)

FISHER, Dr. Marilyn Margaret, Ph.D. (Coultous)

FISHER - Dr. Marilyn Margaret, Ph.D. (nee Coultous)
Died peacefully surrounded by her family at Morning Pointe Assisted Living Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Brentwood, TN, at the age of 84. Dr. Fisher is survived by her children Jeffrey William Fisher (Alexandra Nava), The Rev. Julie Blake Fisher (The Rev. Jerome "Kip" Colegrove), and Laura Harris Fisher Krakowiak (Theodore Krakowiak); and her grandchildren Alaina Harris Krakowiak (Brian Feltus) and Parker Edward Krakowiak. She was preceded in death by her father Frank Coultous Jr.; her mother Hazel Gertrude Harris Coultous; and her sister Jeanne Elizabeth Coultous Will. Dr. Fisher was born on February 17, 1934 in Buffalo, NY. She graduated from historic Fosdick-Masten Park High School in 1951 and earned degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo (B.S. in Elementary Education, 1955, and M.S. in Education, 1963), Canisius College (M.A. in English, 1968) and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D. in American Literature, 1986). She taught in various public schools in the Buffalo area before earning her master's degree and teaching English at Erie Community College (North Campus). Later in her career, she moved to Lynchburg, VA where she taught at Central Virginia Community College, rising to the position of Humanities Division Chair. In 1992 she won the Outstanding Teaching Award of the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English. After retirement, she relocated to Franklin, Tennessee where she taught at Belmont University, O'More College of Design and Columbia State Community College. She once calculated that she had graded over 90,000 student papers. Her children fondly remember the frequent occasions when her former students would approach them to say that she was a rigorous and caring instructor who coached her students to excel. She published two scholarly papers in American literature, several short stories, and numerous newspaper and magazine articles; and authored the Connie Holt series of mystery novels. She continued to write for publication until the last year of her life. She lectured on a wide range of topics, including Shaker History, book publishing, Film Noir and American authors. She spoke at mystery writers' conventions, served as a docent at Thomas Jefferson's historic home Poplar Forest and was an enthusiastic member of several writing circles. She also maintained a website dedicated to the welfare of horses and was a prominent voice against the abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses. Dr. Fisher's commitment to lifelong learning was an inspiration to her family and friends. In addition, she instilled a love of animals, poetry, reading, history, classical music, mysteries, science fiction and golden age Hollywood movies in her children and grandchildren. Private Family Services have already been held. The Revs. Julie Fisher and Kip Colegrove will officiate at an interment of her ashes at Elmlawn Memorial Park in Buffalo, NY, at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to the Humane Society of the United States, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest or the Smithsonian Institution. The family would like to especially thank the staff of Morning Pointe of Brentwood for their exceptional dedication and Willowbrook Hospice for their compassionate care. Online condolences may be sent to

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