Gene Fischer, 1952-2016

Gene Fischer, © 2016 BH Media Group, Inc.

Gene Fischer, © 2016 BH Media Group, Inc.

On October 18, 2016, Gene Fischer passed away at the age of 64. While we knew him as our Nebraska-based Research Associate, the Iowa-born teacher and columnist was a beloved member of his adopted town of Fairmount. As a long-time special education teacher in the York County Public Schools, he won the Golden Apple Award for Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. Gene was a regular contributor to the York News-Times, where his thoughtful editorials on politics, the media, and social justice, all inflected with an understanding of historical context, infused a bit of liberal rabble-rousing into his conservative community. Take a look at his writing.  Gene was compelled to explore how we still grapple with the legacy of the past and how we can learn from it. The York News-Times has a lengthy obituary. We’ll miss you, Gene.

Gabriel Milner is Project Manager for The Living New Deal. He is a trained cultural historian who teaches courses in U.S. History at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.

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