The Passing of Dr. Dave Fisher

Dr. Dave Fischer

Dave Fischer


The National Space Society of Phoenix is saddened to announce that the moderator of this blog, and chapter vice president, David Fisher passed away on January 19, 2013. Below is a message from Richard Dewey, president of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, another group that David was very involved with.



I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and treasurer, Dr. Dave Fischer, died Saturday in a car accident on his way home from Tai Chi. What we know at this point is that his vehicle was the only one involved and his death was quick. His wife Marty is planning an open house celebration at their home sometime within the next month. I will keep you informed as I get more details. This is indeed a very tragic loss for us all. Dave was an integral part of our community and was positioned to become even more involved since he had just retired at the beginning of this year.

Dave was most certainly a “Renaissance” man. He was the principal blogger for the NSS Blog and webmaster for the Phoenix Chapter of the National Space Society. He was Senior Business Analyst for the Industry Relations group at Money Management International, a non-profit consumer debt management company. He was in the Consumer Credit Counseling world since 1996. Prior to that he was MIS Director for Alphagraphics. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry at The Ohio State University in 1974. His first experience with computers was on an IBM 709 at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964, where he earned his BA in Chemistry. His Interests included his 3 year old granddaughter, science fiction, human space flight issues and performances with the Desert Winds Steel Orchestra, which we so loved to hear. He also enjoyed traveling the world and had made trips to Africa and South America including a recent trip to Peru that we had planned for him to talk to us about in the coming months. Dave was a long time member of HSGP, he did tremendous work on the renovation of the HCC including much of the electrical fixturing, he was our treasurer for some months in 2011 and then again in 2012, he taught Tai Chi at the HCC every Saturday through 2011 and 2012, he brought the Desert Winds Steel Orchestra for us to enjoy one evening in 2011, gave us two talks on space exploration, one in 2011 and another in 2012, and was just a dear friend to everyone he knew. He will be sorely missed!

Marty has requested that all messages or condolences be sent to her email address at


Richard Dewey

President, HSGP

Meanwhile, at a meeting on February 2, new officers of the Phoenix NSS chapter were selected by the active members present.

  • Chapter President:  Michael Mackowski
  • Chapter VP:  Samantha Thompson
  • Treasurer:  Patrick Lonchar
  • Secretary:  Michael Clark
  • Chapter President Emeritus / At-Large Director:  Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto

More information will follow soon.

Thank you,

Mike Mackowski


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