Francis Fisher 

Graduation Year: 1951
Induction Year: 2012
Deputy director of the NASA Office of Inspector General
FBI Special Agent
Korean War Veteran

Frank Fisher was born April 3, 1933, in Matthews. He attended schools in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1951. While in high school, he participated in cross country and basketball, was vice president of the National Honor Society, and ranked 10th in his class. Frank was the leading scorer on the 1950-51 Marion High School basketball team, and he received an athletic scholarship to Kansas State College, Manhattan, Kansas.
After attending Kansas State College for one year, he returned to Marion and was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1953, during the Korean War. He served from 1953 to 1955, working as a unit supply specialist in a medical ambulance company. He played basketball on two separate military post teams as well. After his military service, he went back to college and attended Ball State University, Muncie. He graduated from Ball State in 1960, majoring in marketing and merchandising, along with biological science, receiving his bachelor of science degree, along with a teaching license in 1960. Fisher was the first member of his family to graduate from college.
While in college, Fisher worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion. He also was a substitute teacher at Washington Junior High School in Marion, and in 1966 he took a teaching position in Florida. He later went to work for Sears in St. Petersburg, Fla., as personnel manager. In February 1971, Fisher applied for and was selected as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He served in the New Orleans and Oklahoma City divisions, including one-man resident agencies in Ponca City, Okla., and Enid, Okla.
In January 1984, he became deputy director of the NASA Office of Inspector General, Lewis Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His duties included investigation of federal crime with NASA, and he was working in Cleveland when the terrible Challenger shuttle disaster occurred. He transferred to Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and he retired in 1991. Following retirement, he became a self-employed sub- contractor engaged in security background investigations for the U.S. Air Force, FBI, and the U.S. Customs Service.
Fisher credits his many outstanding teachers, coaches, and educators for demonstrating honesty, hard work, dedication, respect for others, love of country, and many other important character traits.
Fisher is now fully retired and living in Merritt Island, Fla., with his wife, Joann. He has four children, all of which are college graduates.

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