Susan Fisher, former director of communication and information technology, died Nov. 6. Fisher, who lived in Lisbon, was 58.
Fisher came to UConn in 1981 and retired in 2004.
“She was a pioneer in developing the telecommunication
systems at UConn,” says Delores Dziekan, an administrative
services assistant at University Information Technology Services (UITS), who was a colleague and friend of Fisher’s.
Dziekan describes Fisher as “a talented women with vision. She brought out the best in people – in the workplace and on a personal level. Susan was warm, caring, and thoughtful. She would do anything for her friends.”
Chuck Morrell, associate director of the Student Union, says, “Sue Fisher provided outstanding leadership to the staff in the telecommunications department here at the University. She was very involved in establishing the standards for telecommunications equipment cabling and installation that are in use on campus today.”
Sharon Foster, a financial
assistant at UITS, worked with Fisher for 10 years. “She had a great ability to work with people and develop their strengths,” Foster says.
“She loved her UConn Huskies,” adds Foster, “especially women’s basketball. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh and have a good time.”
Jack Babbitt, director of UITS, says he had a “wonderful 20-year relationship” with Fisher. “She was my director, my mentor, but most of all, she was a true friend. She has left me with many fond memories and twice as many funny stories. When I think of Sue I can’t help but laugh and smile.”
Pat Meinweiser, a manager at UITS, says Fisher saw her potential and helped her develop it. “She was my boss, mentor, and friend,” says Meinweiser. “Her presence in my life will be greatly missed.”
Fisher was an avid golfer and belonged to the Willimantic Country Club. She was club champion five times.
She is survived by her life partner, Elaine Greer of Lisbon; a brother of Florida; and nieces and cousins.
Donations in Fisher’s memory may be made to the Mary Ellen Shockey Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Urbana City Schools, 722 Wood St., Urbana, OH 43078.