SCARBOROUGH – Irving “Bud” S. Fisher, 88, of Park Danforth, died Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Maine Veterans’ Home. He was the husband of Virginia (Stockman) Fisher.

Bud was born in Augusta, on May 21, 1920, a son of the late Franklin and Marion (Sanborn) Fisher. He was raised in Lewiston, attending local area schools and graduating from Lewiston High School. He graduated from Bates College in 1941, and started graduate school at Dartmouth College, but his studies were interrupted by World War II.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 through 1946. He was a photo interpreter on several carriers in the Pacific and earned a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged after being wounded in the Pacific. After being discharged, he returned home and earned his doctorate from Harvard in 1949.

He was employed as a professor of geology at the University of Kentucky for 36 years, from 1948 until his retirement in 1985. He was a mineralogist who specialized in crystallography. He also served a short stint as an assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, but left this position to return to his true love of teaching. Upon his retirement, he was made a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

He retired to Maine, and became active in environmental issues, especially those related to preserving the natural habitat of the Casco Bay Islands. He served on the Portland Planning Board and was the treasurer of the Great Diamond Island Association for many years. He enjoyed bird watching as well as genealogy, tracing his family roots back to the mid 1400s.

Besides his wife of almost 64 years, he is survived by his three children, Lawrence S. Fisher and his wife, Abigail, of Buxton, Beth M. Fisher of Columbia, Mo., and Charles F. Fisher of Lexington, Ky.; his four grandchildren, Nicholas F. Hanson, Andrew A. Hanson and B. Gregory Hanson, all of Blacksburg, Va., and Erin E. Hanson of Christiansburg, Va.

He was the brother of the late Joseph Otto Fisher, who was killed in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge.

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