Ward Phelps Fisher, 91, a 50-year resident of Oak Park, died peacefully on March 22, 2017. Born on May 26, 1925, he was an Eagle Scout and enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1952.
In 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Rita Guerrieri, who was an educational psychologist. A natural leader, he was a passionate defender of truth, justice, and freedom. He fought in the courts and in life for social justice and individual and civil rights.
He was dedicated to the Oak Park-River Forest community. He served on the Oak Park District 97 school board, the Oak Park Township Youth Commission, and helped negotiate the merger of First Congregational Church of Oak Park and First Presbyterian Church of Oak Park, which became First United Church of Oak Park. A proponent of Open Occupancy in the 1960s and '70s, within the last few years he was an active supporter of Scouts for Equality.
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