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Broadmead Welcomes New Resident, Victor Fisher

Victor Fisher credits his attendance at Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA, with providing discipline and stimulating his intellectual curiosity, both traits essential to his academic career in anthropology and archaeology. After receiving a B.A. in philosophy from Bucknell in 1957, he pursued graduate study at Penn State in sociology and obtained a Ph.D. in anthropology from Union Institute & University in 2002.

Victor was hired by Towson University (then Maryland State Teachers College) in 1961 as the only faculty member teaching sociology and anthropology. He served on the faculty for 58 years, retiring in 2019. Early in his career, together with a group of geographers, geologists, and biologists, he launched Towson's first interdisciplinary field program.

Held annually in southern Arizona, this program typically involved 60 students. His fieldwork included Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon excavations in southwestern France, an interdisciplinary investigation of the Nazca Lines in Peru, documentation of Inuit sites on Hudson Bay in Canada, and decades of involvement with ancestral Pueblo archaeology in the American Southwest. His research has also included the experimental replication of pre-Columbian horticulture on the Colorado Plateau and scholarship on North American native cultures.

Victor served as a member of the Baltimore Museum of Art's Accessions Committee for the Arts of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific.

Before coming to Broadmead, Victor lived in Towson at The Palisades. With an interest in monarch butterflies, he will join many like-minded people at Broadmead. Victor is also interested in music of the 1960s and 1970s.

-- By Carolyn Adams

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